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Houston Toad Recovery Initiative Kicks off in Bastrop County
Southwest Region, March 26, 2008
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 Paige Najvar of the Austin Officeorganized and facilitated a Houston toad recovery initiative kick-off meeting that was held on March 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The Boy Scouts of America/Capital Area Council hosted this event at their Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop County, Texas.  Over 45 individuals representing a variety of agencies and organizations, such as Texas Parks &Wildlife Department, Houston Zoo, Texas State University, Environmental Defense Fund, Bastrop County, Texas A&M University, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Forest Service attended the event.  Dr. Michael Forstner and several of his students from Texas State University presented information on the status of the endangered Houston toad as well as results of recent research and survey results on this species.  Another presentation was given by Dr. Joe Flanagan on the ongoing headstarting program for the Houston toad at the Houston Zoo.  Paige Najvar at the Austin Ecological Services Field Office also presented on the history of the Service‚Äôs Houston toad recovery program and where it will be headed in the next few years.  A landowner incentive workshop for late 2008 was also discussed.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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