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The Virginia Spirea is an endangered species. It is found only in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. Out of 24 populations in these six states, the largest clusters are found in West Virginia along the Gauley, Meadow, Bluestone, and Greenbrier rivers, numbering over 5,000 plants in total. It is believed that the world's largest population is in the Gauley River Gorge. Many miles of habitat along streams have been lost through reservoir construction, and the building of the Summersville Dam destroyed about a third of the habitat along the Gauley River.