Sarah Vogelsong is the Virginia Mercury's environment and energy reporter and contributor to the Georgia Recorder as part of the States Newsroom. She covers everything from utility regulation to sea level rise. Originally from McLean, Va. she has spent over a decade in journalism and academic publishing.
In 1992, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found only 21 populations of the flower (Echinacea laevigata) still existed in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia and listed the species as endangered.