FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash.- Franklin County farmers in the White Bluffs area are celebrating tonight after getting word that a plant on their land is not endangered after all.
Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife told local farmers that the White Bluffs bladderpod may be endangered.
The DNA tests conducted at the University of Idaho tested the White Bluffs bladderpod with other bladderpods, the results of a DNA test confirmed the plant had a 100 percent resemblance to the other plants it was tested with, therefore the White Bluffs bladderpod does not even exist.
"Hopefully if the Fish and Wildlife takes this best available science that we ourselves have had to do and have had to pay for, we've had to provide and fight for our land, hopefully this means they're going to back off," said Amber MacHugh, White Bluffs area farmer.
Now, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will have to come up with a decision on whether to list the plant as an endangered species.
The decision must be based on the best available research, but for now, this DNA test is the only available research conducted on the plant.
Local farmers paid for much of the $25,000 in testing while the Franklin County Farm Bureau also pitched in.