The team that helped remove an Arkansas snail from the federal endangered species list is being honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as 2012 National Recovery Champions.
The Magazine Mountain shagreen was removed from the endangered list earlier this week after first being listed as threatened 1989.
The small snail is found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas.
The wildlife service announced Thursday that the National Recovery award is being presented to the team that includes the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and experts from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
The shagreen is the first invertebrate ever removed from the endangered species list.