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ACTION TIMELINE

September 9, 2010 – The Center and Save Our Springs Alliance filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if it failed to emergency-list the Jollyville Plateau salamander in light of grave danger from a planned water-treatment plant that would affect its habitat.

September 30, 2010 – The Center and Save Our Springs Alliance filed a formal petition asking Service to provide Endangered Species Act protection for the Jollyville Plateau salamander.

November 8, 2010 – The Center filed comments with the Fish and Wildlife Service urging the Service to designate critical habitat for the Ozark hellbender.

December 15, 2010 – The Center filed a notice of intent to sue the Service and EPA for failing to complete consultations or adopt measures to protect the California red-legged frog from 64 registered pesticides that the EPA had determined likely to harm the frog.

January 20, 2011 – The Center and Pesticide Action Network North America filed the most comprehensive legal action ever brought under the Endangered Species Act to protect imperiled species from pesticides, suing EPA for its failure to consult with federal wildlife agencies regarding the impacts of hundreds of pesticides known to be harmful to 214 endangered and threatened species, including 29 amphibians and reptiles.

February 17, 2010 – The Center submitted comments on a revised critical habitat proposal for the California tiger salamander, outlining the need for more areas to be protected.

April 28, 2011 – The Center filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Interior Department for failing to develop recovery plans for the California tiger salamander and the Southern California mountain yellow-legged frog.

April 29, 2011 – The Center encouraged its members and online supporters to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate, and ideally ban, atrazine, a pesticide highly toxic to frogs and other wildlife.

May 12, 2011 – The Center called upon the Fish and Wildlife Service to increase its proposed critical habitat protection for the rare Chiricahua leopard frog.

May 25, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Native Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance petitioned the Service to protect boreal toads under the Endangered Species Act.

May 25, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity joined other conservation organizations to launch a Web-based social networking effort, dubbed the Global Amphibian Blitz, to census the world’s amphibians and discover which species are still here, and where.

July 12, 2011 – The Center reached a landmark agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service compelling the agency to move forward in the protection process for 757 species, including 55 species of amphibians and reptiles.

July 11, 2012 – The Center for Biological Diversity and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, including E.O. Wilson and Thomas Lovejoy, filed a formal petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for 53 of the nation’s most threatened species of amphibians and reptiles.

September 6, 2012 – More than 200 scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressing support for our July petition.

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