FWS revises critical habitat for red-legged frog... again.
75 Fed. Reg. 12816 (Wednesday, March 17, 2010) / Vol. 75 No. 51 / Rules and Regulations
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 17 / FWS-R8-ES-2009-0089 / MO 92210-0-0009-B4 / RIN 1018-AV90
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designate revised critical habitat for the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 1,636,609 acres (ac) (662,312 hectares (ha)) of critical habitat in 27 California counties fall within the boundaries of the final revised critical habitat designation.
The California red-legged frog was the subject of Mark Twain's 1867 short story: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Gold prospectors once ate them, too. Today, the existence of the species -- the largest native frog in the western United States -- depends, in part, on artificially created wetland environments, especially, stock ponds created by cattle ranchers for the purpose of providing water to their cattle. Photo from National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreational Area
KEITHINKING: This red-legged frog decision is one of many "do-overs" that resulted from an investigation finding that a leading Bush administration official at the Department of Interior manipulated the decision-making process and improperly pressured scientists to revise their findings and conclusions. See East Bay Express. In addition, for this oft-litigated species, this is the 3rd effort at rulemaking in a decade. SignOn SanDiego, and Minneapolis Star Tribune.