Alcoa to protect rare plant found along NC river

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    BADIN, N.C. (AP) – Federal regulators say they have a deal to conserve a rare plant found only along North Carolina’s Yadkin River, and they’re getting help from the company that owns the land.

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday it’s reached agreement with Alcoa to preserve the Yadkin River goldenrod. The plant is found only along about two miles of shoreline on the Stanly-Montgomery county line, near where Alcoa operates a series of hydroelectric dams.

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    Alcoa plans to control invasive plants that threaten to push out the rare goldenrod and post signs urging anglers not to step on shore.

    The agreement comes as the Fish & Wildlife Service tries to conserve rare species before they need to be listed on the federal endangered species list, which triggers increased federal protection.

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