Protections proposed for several Sierra amphibians

The Fresno BeeDecember 27, 2013 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings in January for proposals to list and designate habitat for two species of frogs and a species of toads.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will propose to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered species in April. The wildlife service will also propose to list the Yosemite toad as a threatened species.

At the same time, the service will propose to designate more than 1.8 million acres of habitat for the three amphibians in California. Of the proposed habitat, 97% is federal lands.

At the two January meetings, the service will provide information, and address questions and concerns about the proposals, as well as the economic analysis if it is available.

The first meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Mono County Courthouse in Bridgeport.

The second meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Fresno County Courthouse in Fresno. Wildlife service personnel will be available after the meetings for further discussion.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6279 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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