Service Actions Surrounding Oregon Spotted Frog Protection
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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.
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.
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.
- News Release
- Draft Economic Analysis documents
- Critical Habitat Maps for Refined Units
- Proposed Critical Habitat GIS shapefiles and KMZ data (ZIP)
- Proposed Critical Habitat Refinements & Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis Federal Register Notice
- Literature Cited
2013 ActionsAugust 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.
- News Release for Public Hearing
- Proposed Listing Federal Register Notice
- Proposed Critical Habitat Designation Federal Register Notice
- Proposed Critical Habitat Maps
- Proposed Critical Habitat GIS shapefiles and KMZ data (.ZIP)
- Proposed Critical Habitat UTM coordinates
- Literature Cited
- Threats Matrix
- News Release for Proposed Listing
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)