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A rare fern has found two new homes in New York City, one of which is a creative designed experiment. Visitors and city dwellers will have the opportunity to connect with these plants and relate more closely to an important conservation issue.

In honor of the anniversary on December 28, we’re celebrating all the wildlife that has benefited from the protection of this landmark law. Which endangered species call your state home?

Pots of young American hart's-tongue fern sporophytes. Once the plants grow larger and are able to withstand the changing temperatures, they will be planted at Clark Reservation, or another appropriate site. Credit: Bethany Holbrook/USFWS

Ever heard of American hart’s-tongue fern? Bethany Holbrook tells us why it’s a source of pride for New Yorkers, and what researchers are doing to save it.