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Dear Friends,

Please find attached and pasted below a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news release announcing the reopening of the public comment period for 120 days for the proposals to list and designate critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad under the Endangered Species Act.

The current comment period for these proposals will close November 18, 2013.

Thank you for your interest. Please contact me if you have questions.

******** Robert Moler

Assistant Field Supervisor for External Affairs
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of Interior

For Immediate Release

Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposals to Give Federal Protections to Three Amphibians and their Habitat
Sacramento - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the public comment period for 120 days for the proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also reopening the public comment period for 120 days for the proposal to designate critical habitat for these three amphibian species in California.

On April 25, 2013, the Service published the two proposals and opened a 60 day public comment period that ended on June 24, 2013. During and after the initial comment period, the Service received significant interest in extending the comment period.

“The public comment period is designed so that the Service can listen to and take into consideration citizens’ concerns and any information the public may submit regarding these species and their habitat,” said Jan Knight, Acting Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office. “This process is important so that any final decision made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reflects all of the best science and information available. We are reopening the public comment period to ensure the public has adequate opportunity to submit comments.”

The Service will accept comments through November 18, 2013 on the two proposed rules. Comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. The Docket Number for the proposed listing rule is FWS–R8–ES–2012–0100 and for the proposed critical habitat rule is FWS–R8–ES–2012–0074. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail to:
Public Comments Processing
Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2012–0100 or FWS–R8–ES–2012–0074
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

The Service seeks information regarding any threats to the species and regulations that may address those threats. A detailed outline of the information that the Service is specifically seeking can be found on the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office’s website at: http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outrea...17%20FINAL.pdf. Comments previously submitted during the initial public comment period need not be resubmitted.

The Service has also received requests to hold public meetings on these proposals. The Service is planning to hold two public meetings and one public hearing, likely in fall 2013. The dates and times of these meetings and hearing will be announced when the draft economic analysis for the proposed critical habitat rule is made available to the public and will be scheduled within the subsequent open public comment period.

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog are similar in appearance and behavior. They range from 1.5 to 3.25 inches in length and are a mix of brown and yellow, but can also be grey, red, or green-brown. They may have irregular lichen- or moss-like patchiness. Their belly and undersurfaces of the hind limbs are yellow or orange. They produce a distinctive mink or garlic-like order when disturbed. The two species can be distinguished from each other physically by the ratio of the lower-leg length to snout-vent length.

The Yosemite toad is moderately sized, usually 1.2–2.8 inches in length, with rounded to slightly oval glands, one on each side of the head, which produce toxins to deter some predators. The iris of the eye is dark brown with gold reflective cells.

Frogs and toads play an important role in our ecosystem. They feed on insects and are themselves food for other important species such as garter snakes, birds, and even bears. Amphibians, such as these species, play an important role in nutrient recycling. Because amphibian tadpoles live in lakes and streams, but become terrestrial as adults, they are important in transferring energy from the aquatic environment to the terrestrial environment where it is available to terrestrial species such as land birds and mammals.

Both frogs are threatened by disease and by habitat modification associated with the past introduction of non-native trout to fishless waters. Other major threats to the frogs include predation and climate change. The Yosemite toad is threatened by changes in wet meadow habitat associated with past fire management, historic timber management activities, livestock grazing, disease, and climate change.

Recreation use is not considered a significant threat to any of these species.

For more information on these species and this proposal and the information sought, visit www.fws.gov/sacramento.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/cno. Connect with our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/usfwspacificsouthwest, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSPacSWest, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw/

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Its a shame to read this stuff an think about the chain of events that came before the publication.
The costs added up to get to the point of notifying the public.
There are so so many social and economic problems in Ca. that the public could benefit from if only the gov't's attention was devoted to instead of going deeper in the hole
with all this B.S.

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That lousy worthless species was INTRODUCED and not a natural occupant of kalif as we only have 1 indigenous frog here. So now just yet another ploy to close more for something that should be killed off completely as it eats anything/everything it comes in contact with. Nuttn' but a bloody scam....-John

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The decision has already been made. All the comments and letters and phone calls are not going to change it. You could stop it for a while if you had the money to fight it in court but F&W would eventually find a judge who agreed with there lies. I don't have a good solution to a bad problem.

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I kinda think Hoser John should just go froggin and bring them legs to Frank C and let him fix us up a good frog leg dinner. We could sit at Havasu Patricks pool for cold ones :4chsmu1:

I wonder how many dollars were spent for this fine notice and how many more being spent for someone to read the replys :grr01:

Chemicals in the water are killing more frogs than anything.. Way back when a coupla guys a case of beer could go get 100 frogs no problem. Last job I had we had a 1/2 acre bass pond and some humungus frogs in it....Drains going around the 3000 acres NOTHING cept beavers and Carp NO frogs :idunno:

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The nature conservancy has introduced yellow leg frogs into the ponds around the Michigan Bluff Hydraulic area on claims they have purchased.......pretty much a guarantee that no mining will occur there ever again. I am in total agreement with Klunker, the public meetings are nothing but a formality with conclusions already made.

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