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Chiricahua leopard frog PHVA completed
Southwest Region, December 9, 2004
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A Population and Habitat Viability Analysis was conducted for the Chiricahua leopard frog as part of the recovery planning process. Staff from the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG - from Minnesota and Puebla, Mexico) lead the 4-day workshop, which was hosted by the Beattys Guest Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona, and attended by about 20 members of the Recovery Team's Stakeholder and Technical Subgroups. Attendees were divided into three working groups: Habitat, Populations, and Population Viability Modeling. The first two groups brainstormed issues, goals, and issue resolution, while the Modeling group developed PVA modeling scenarios. Issues, goals, and issue resolution were checked against the internal draft recovery plan, and elements in that plan were revised per the conclusions of the working groups. The Habitat and Population groups both agreed that the draft plan needed greater emphasis on public outreach and building support for the recovery program. Both groups completed reports of their findings and recommendations. The Modeling group found that juvenile frog survivorship and catastrophes were especially important variables in population viability. CBSG staff are running additional scenarios and a report from the Modeling Group will be completed soon. The PHVA process would be an excellent way to begin a recovery planning process - in just a few days recovery team members can get to know each other and the basic elements of a recovery plan could be cooperatively developed. The PHVA was funded by the BLM Arizona State Office and Turner Endangered Species Fund. The Beattys, who are members of the Stakeholders Group and accomplished frog recovery experts themselves, provided free accommodations for workshop attendees.

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