Federal wildlife officials want a plant they say is found only in Georgia and Alabama to be classified as "threatened." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is seeking the designation for the Georgia rockcress. The plant has been a candidate for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 2000.
Georgia wildlife officials are saying for the first time that loggerhead sea turtles are recovering along the state's coast after more than 24 years of ups and downs for the threatened species. Department of Natural Resources biologist Mark Dodd said Thursday the giant turtles laid a record number of nests on Georgia beaches for the third straight year this summer.