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NEVADA FWO: Cathy Wilson a Winner at State GIS Conference

Region 1, June 29, 2012
Cathy Wilson stands next to her winning poster entitled A Success Story.
Cathy Wilson stands next to her winning poster entitled A Success Story. - Photo Credit: n/a
Map on poster pinpoints Amargosa toad habitat in springs along the Amargosa River.
Map on poster pinpoints Amargosa toad habitat in springs along the Amargosa River. - Photo Credit: n/a
Wilson won third-place at the 2010 NGIS Conference for her poster covering the issue of invasive aquarium fish in endangered White River springfish habitat in Nevada.
Wilson won third-place at the 2010 NGIS Conference for her poster covering the issue of invasive aquarium fish in endangered White River springfish habitat in Nevada. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Dan Balduini, Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Geographic Information Specialist Cathy Wilson brought home a People's Choice Award from the 2012 Nevada Geographic Information Society (NGIS) Conference. The conference was held May 16-18 in Las Vegas.

Wilson, a GIS specialist at the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office in Las Vegas, won the award for her poster that tells the story about the successful efforts to protect the Amargosa toad (Anaxyrus nelsoni). The Amargosa toad is endemic to the Oasis Valley in southern Nevada’s Nye County — specifically along a 10-mile stretch of the Amargosa River and in nearby upland springs in the vicinity of the town of Beatty.

The map Wilson created for her poster illustrates that roughly half of the springs in which the toad occurs are on private property that runs up and down both sides of the river. The poster also presents photos of the toad and its habitat. The Service and its partners, land owners, and members of the Beatty community worked together to develop and implement long-term conservation measures to ensure sustained stability of the Amargosa toad population. As a result of these efforts, threats to the Amargosa toad have been reduced. The Service issued a 12-month finding in July 2010 that concluded the toad did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The NGIS Conference is an annual statewide gathering of GIS professionals. The event alternates between Las Vegas and Reno.

Contact Info: Daniel Balduini, 702-515-5480, daniel_balduini@fws.gov