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Service Actions Surrounding Oregon Spotted Frog Protection
Under the Endangered Species Ac
t

 

Oregon Spotted Frog   Oregon Spotted Frog Egg Mass
Oregon Spotted Frog
Photo credit: Teal Waterstrat (USFWS)
  Oregon Spotted Frog Egg Mass
Photo credit: Taylor Goforth (USFWS)

2014 Actions

September 9: Reopening of Comment Period on Draft Economic Analysis

Tthe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the reopening of the public comment period that closed on June 18, 2014, on the draft economic analysis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog.  

With this announcement, public comments are invited on the draft economic analysis, including the associated perceptional effects memorandum, for a 14-day period. Comments received or postmarked on or before September 23, 2014 will be accepted.

 News Release
Federal Register Notice

August 29: Final listing of the Oregon spotted frog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to extend protection to the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The species will be protected throughout its range, which extends from southwestern British Columbia through the Puget/Willamette Valley trough, and in the Cascades Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in Oregon.  Oregon spotted frogs may be extinct in California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Final Listing Federal Register Notice
News Release
Fact Sheet
Final Listing Literature Cited
Final Listing Threat Synthesis

June 18: Critical Habitat Refinement and Availability of Draft Economic Analysis

On June 18, 2014, the Service announced a proposal to refine four of the proposed critical habitat units and announced the availability of the draft economic analysis.  A 30-day comment period will close on July 18, 2014.  All relevant information received from the public, government agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties by July 18, 2014 will be considered and addressed in the agency’s final designation of critical habitat.

2013 Actions

August 29: Proposed listing and Critical Habitat

On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that current evidence suggests that the Oregon spotted frog is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future.  As a result, the Service proposed to protect the frog as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  In addition, the Service proposed to designate 68,192 acres and 23 stream miles as critical habitat.  The Service held a public comment period from August 29, 2013, to November 12, 2013, and conducted a public hearing on October 21, 2013, in order to allow the public to review and comment on the proposals and provide additional information.

 

Last updated: September 9, 2014
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