1,500 Acres May Be Safeguarded for Salamanders
Two rare salamanders living near Austin, Texas, may soon have some of their most important habitat protected.
Following a legal victory by the Center, the Fish and Wildlife Service this week proposed 1,519 acres in the Austin area as protected critical habitat for Georgetown and Salado Springs salamanders. Habitat loss and degradation from urban sprawl are pushing both species toward extinction. Because the salamanders are fully aquatic, they rely on clean, well-oxygenated water to survive.
"Protecting the springs these rare and mysterious salamanders call home is the best hope for saving them from extinction," said the Center's Elise Bennett.