The Tennessee Valley Authority seems to think so, too.
Tennessee enviro-activist Mary Priestly was horrified to find brown patches surrounding Tennessee Valley Authority power towers. The TVA had sprayed herbicide from helicopters in the power line right-of-way.
As reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press,
In Priestly’s eyes, the Cumberland rosinweed and neighboring rare plant, the eared goldenrod, are people, too. Or at least they should be thought of in something of the same way.
“We have decided as a society that we will take care of the weakest ones. The ones that can’t take care of themselves,” Priestly said.
This rational apparently struck the TVA. According to the Times Free Press:
TVA has apologized.
“TVA sincerely regrets the event that resulted in the aerial spraying of herbicide … within the Hawkins Cove State Natural Area during the week of July 11,”…
Behold the Cumberland rosinweed in all its glory: