- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say conservation efforts have helped keep the Georgia aster from being listed as endangered.

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the aster, a purple-flowering plant found in Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas has been a candidate for federal endangered species status since 1999.

Officials say the decision not to list the plant as endangered was based on a review of the number, size and health of aster populations, along with an appraisal of imminent threats to the plant.

Wildlife officials say there are 118 known populations of the Georgia aster, including 55 on conserved land which is protected from development and is actively managed.

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