POLITICS

Plants, birds added to Endangered Species Act in Newfoundland and Labrador

04/29/2015 11:17 EDT | Updated 08/05/2015 06:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Nine species have been added to Newfoundland and Labrador's list of at-risk plants and animals.

The species include two types of birds, six types of plants and one type of lichen.

Three plants were classified as endangered, which means they could face imminent extinction.

The rest of the species were classified as vulnerable or threatened, which means they will become endangered unless action is taken.

Environment Minister Dan Crummell says the list was updated following assessments by provincial and national advisory committees.

There are now 52 species, subspecies and populations listed under the province's Endangered Species Act.