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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BD83 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassifying Smooth Coneflower as Threatened With Section 4(d) Rule 

This final rule will make a determination on our proposal to reclassify from endangered to threatened the smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) due to improvements in the species’ overall status since the original listing in 1992, and to establish a rule under section 4(d) of the Act for the protection of smooth coneflower. This species, which is a perennial herb in the aster family (Asteraceae), is found in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/24/2021  86 FR 33159   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/23/2021 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth Maclin
Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2646
Fax:703 358-1735