Feds Propose Expanding Frog Habitat


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Federal officials want to expand the protected habitat for the California red-legged frog…believed to have inspired Mark Twain’s popular story. 

The latest proposal from the US Fish and Wildlife Service designates four times as much protected habitat than was set aside for the frog two years ago. 

But conservationist Jeff Miller with the Center for Biological Diversity says that’s not enough.    

"It’s an improvement but it still falls a little bit short. It covers about half of the area that biologists with the Fish and Wildlife Service have said is essential to the recovery of the species."

The feds’ new plan comes after an investigation that found a former Interior Department official had pressured government scientists to alter their findings on endangered species.