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PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION: Nevadan David Spicer Receives U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Citizen’s Award
California-Nevada Offices , September 7, 2012
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David Spicer, being presented the Service Citizen's Award.

Pictured left to right: Ken Mayer, Nevada Department of Wildlife director; Ted Koch, USFWS Nevada state supervisor; Mr. Spicer; and Dr. Ren Lohoefener, regional director USFWS Pacific Southwest Region.
David Spicer, being presented the Service Citizen's Award. Pictured left to right: Ken Mayer, Nevada Department of Wildlife director; Ted Koch, USFWS Nevada state supervisor; Mr. Spicer; and Dr. Ren Lohoefener, regional director USFWS Pacific Southwest Region. - Photo Credit: NDOW
Amargosa toad
Amargosa toad - Photo Credit: STORM-OV

By Pam Bierce, External Affairs

Conservation Agencies, Citizens and Town of Beatty, Nevada, Praised for Improving Habitat for Amargosa Toad

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented David Spicer of Beatty, Nevada, with the Service Citizen’s Award for his efforts to conserve and restore habitat for the Amargosa toad in rural Nye County, Nevada. Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener presented the award during a ceremony on September 5 at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. This award commends private citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to the mission and goals of the Service.

Spicer was instrumental in the implementation of numerous habitat improvement projects, restoring 57 acres of wetland, including one mile of the Amargosa River and 11 springs. His commitment to the conservation of the Amargosa toad and strong community leadership brought together a wide range of organizations and interests.

In a letter, Service Director Dan Ashe told Spicer his efforts have improved Amargosa toad habitat, increased the Service’s knowledge of the species, and reduced the threats to the toad. “Your efforts can be directly attributed to the Service’s ‘not warranted’ decision on a petition to list the toad on July 20, 2010, and are an example of how one person can make a difference,” Ashe said. Spicer was recognized for his community leadership and dedication to the conservation for the Amargosa toad (Anazyrus nelsoni), an endemic species to the Oasis Valley in southern Nye County, Nevada. He is the founder of the non-profit organization, STORM-OV (Saving Toads thru Off-Road Racing, Ranching & Mining in Oasis Valley), and implemented conservation actions throughout the range of the toad.

“We hope this will be an example of cooperation that will be used to protect other species and their habitat and prevent the need for federal action,” said Lohoefener.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife joined the Service to also recognize nine groups and entities and two other citizens - Ed Ringle and Shirley Harlan - for their roles to improve habitat for the toad.

Others recognized are the Beatty Habitat Committee; the town of Beatty; The Nature Conservancy's Southern Nevada office; Nevada Natural Heritage Program; the Bureau of Land Management's Tonopah field office; Natural Resources Conservation Service, Las Vegas Service Center; Nye County; Amargosa Conservancy; and Saving Toads through Off-Road Racing, Ranching and Mining in the Oasis Valley, or STORM-OV.


Contact Info: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542, pamela_bierce@fws.gov



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