Court Keeps 1.8 Million Acres Protected for Endangered Frogs
Some of California's rarest amphibians are holding onto critical habitat. A federal court has upheld protection of 1.8 million acres for Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, the northern population of mountain yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been fighting for these species for years. After they won federal protection, the Pacific Legal Foundation — an extreme property-rights group — sued to overturn habitat safeguards. The Center and allies intervened, and last week the court dismissed the case.
These hoppers need all the help they can get. Sierra Nevada and mountain yellow-legged frogs have declined by about 90 percent, and more than half of Yosemite toad populations have vanished.
"This is a huge victory for these incredible, highly imperiled frogs," said the Center's Jenny Loda.
Read more in The Union Democrat.