/ Modified sep 10, 2010 8:28 p.m.

Tucson Environmental Group Files Endangered Species Act Petition For Rosemont Orchid

Center for Biological Diversity wants federal protection for the rare Coleman’s Coralroot.

Center for Biological Diversity wants federal protection for the rare Coleman’s Coralroot.

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The orchid, known as Coleman’s Coralroot, grows in only three locations, and one is in the footprint of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine southeast of Tucson. Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, says the process to protect the orchid could take awhile. The center has asked for Endangered Species Act protection for five different species threatened by the Rosemont mine proposal.

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