>Sonora / Tuolumne News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown | Union Democrat

Sonora, CA forecast
& Northern California web cams

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Frogs, toad get federal protections

Frogs, toad get federal protections

Three species of Sierra Nevada amphibians have been approved for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.

The mountain yellow-legged frog and Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog will be listed as endangered, while the Yosemite toad will be listed as threatened. A separate decision is due early next year on whether to designate 2 million acres in the Sierra Nevada as critical habitat for the native amphibians to recover. The designation would include about one-third of Tuolumne County’s total acreage.

The final rule on the Endangered Species Act protections is due to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. It will become effective June 30.

All three species were once abundant in the Sierra Nevada but have declined over the past several decades, the service said. They are now found primarily on publicly managed lands at high elevations, including streams, lakes, ponds and meadow habitats located in national forests or parks.

The amphibians are spread throughout 17 California counties, including Tuolumne and Calaveras.

 

For the complete story, see the April 28, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.     


Follow UnionDemocrat.com

News
Local / Sports / Business / Stocks / News of Record / State / Nation/World / Obituaries / Submit News
Opinion
Editorials / Letters
Photos
Union Democrat Photos / Community Photos /
Classifieds
Search Classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Homes / Rentals / Place an Ad
Online Extras
Weather / Local Business Links / Community Links / Photo Reprints
Union Democrat
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:13:05 -0800