Action timeline

2004 – The Center filed a petition to list the Oregon spotted frog — and 224 other of the nation's most imperiled plants and animals — under the Endangered Species Act.

March 11, 2008 – The Center, Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics and Klamath Wildlands Center filed suit against the Fremont-Winema National Forest for continuing to allow livestock grazing in Jack Creek, home to one of the last populations of the Oregon spotted frog.

June 12, 2008 –  In response to our suit, the Forest Service proposed to fence cattle out of the portion of Jack Creek that houses Oregon spotted frogs.

July 12, 2011 – The Center reached a landmark settlement with the Fish and Wildlife Service compelling the agency to move forward in the protection process for 757 species, including the Oregon spotted frog.

February 22, 2012 – Under our settlement, the Service announced that it would evaluate whether to protect the Oregon spotted frog under the Endangered Species Act and requested information from experts and the public. 

August 28, 2014 –  In accordance with the Center's 757 agreement, the Service protected Oregon spotted frogs as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

May 11, 2016 – The Service designated 65,038 acres and 20.3 river miles of critical habitat for these frogs in Oregon and Washington.

Photo by Kelly McAllister, Washington Dept. of Fish
and Wildlife