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Recovery Plan for California Tiger Salamander Calls for 
Protection of 34,000 Acres of Habitat in Santa Barbara County, Calif.

LOS ANGELES— In accordance with a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draftrecovery plan for the endangered Santa Barbara County population of the California tiger salamander. The plan calls for purchase and permanent protection of up to 34,000 acres of the salamander’s breeding ponds and adjacent uplands.

“I’m so glad the Service has finally developed this plan to recover this population of California tiger salamanders,” said Jenny Loda, a biologist and attorney with the Center dedicated to protecting rare amphibians and reptiles. “Time’s running out for these rare amphibians, so we urgently need a roadmap to guide the actions needed to ensure the species will survive.”

The recovery plan focuses on alleviating the threat of habitat loss and fragmentation by permanently protecting breeding ponds and their adjacent uplands through acquisition and conservation easements. Because the majority of the remaining habitat for the Santa Barbara County California tiger salamander is on privately owned lands, habitat-based conservation efforts will require the cooperative efforts of both local agencies and private partners.

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Banner photo courtesy Flickr/California tiger salamander photo by Gary Nafis, California Herps