The chief of natural areas and preserves shall adopt and may amend or rescind rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, setting forth criteria for identifying and designating species of plants native to this state that are in danger of extirpation or are threatened with becoming endangered. The chief shall adopt and may amend or rescind rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, setting forth a list of the plants that the chief determines to be endangered or threatened with extirpation from this state, applying the criteria so developed. This list shall identify the common and scientific names of each species. The list shall include all species native to this state that are listed on the "United States list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants" pursuant to the "Endangered Species Act of 1973," 87 Stat. 884, 16 U.S.C. 1531 - 1543, as amended. Further, the chief may produce for public education purposes lists of plant species which shall include the names of species of plants that may become threatened in the future through habitat loss, commercial exploitation, or other means.
Effective Date: 08-23-1978; 12-30-2004; 06-27-2005 .