White Bluffs Bladderpod http://nwpr.org en So What Is The White Bluffs Bladderpod, And Why Does It Matter? http://nwpr.org/post/so-what-white-bluffs-bladderpod-and-why-does-it-matter <p></p><p>The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small flower facing some big issues.&nbsp; It’s a short plant with bright yellow flowers and small inflated pods – hence its name.&nbsp; At first glance, there’s nothing special about it.&nbsp; It isn’t edible and doesn’t have any herbal use that we know of.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the bladderpod is rare.&nbsp; It appears to grow only in a 17 mile long strip of federal lands in the Columbia Basin.&nbsp; Right now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife lists the bladderpod as “threatened.”&nbsp; They would like to list it as “endangered.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:47:17 +0000 Max Bartlett 31390 at http://nwpr.org So What Is The White Bluffs Bladderpod, And Why Does It Matter? Farmers Question Science Behind Endangered Listing For Bladderpod http://nwpr.org/post/farmers-question-science-behind-endangered-listing-bladderpod <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/072213AK_Bladderpod_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant. It’s called the White Bluffs bladderpod. And it grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.<p>A farmer group is using genetic tests to claim that the plant is not as rare as it seems.<p>The farmers hired an agronomist to sample three plants found along the bluffs of southeast Washington. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:53:06 +0000 Anna King 31367 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Question Science Behind Endangered Listing For Bladderpod