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3,790 Acres Added to Malpai Borderlands Chiricahua Leopard Frog SHA
Southwest Region, January 31, 2008
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The Diamond A Ranch, Western Division L.C.C. has enrolled 3,790 acres of their private property in the Malpai Borderlands Group's Safe Harbor Agreement for Chiricahua leopard frogs.  The enrolled property includes a complex of several livestock tanks, a remnant cienega, and an intermittent to ephemeral stream.  It further includes one drought-resistant population site for Chiricahua leopard frogs that is part of the baseline condition for the enrolled property.  The property owner's conservation commitments for this property include removal of non-native fish from the livestock tanks and a pond near the residence, and work towards the development and implementation of a restoration plan for the Cloverdale Cienega.  This restoration plan is aimed at restoring the existing 90-acre cienega to the 150-acre historical extent of the cienega.  This planning effort includes a partnership of the Diamond A Ranch - Western Division, Sky Island Alliance, Malpai Borderlands Group, The Nature Conservancy, Coronado National Forest, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Fish and Wildlife Service.  The anticipated restoration of the cienega should improve the amount and quality of available habitat for Chiricahua leopard frogs, neo-tropical migrants, waterfowl, and cienega plants.  One family fishing pond will remain on the enrolled property to provide a place for wildlife-based recreational experience for the family.  Retaining this fishing pond is not likely to result in establishment of non-native fish in the cienega or the livestock ponds, and proposed habitat improvements around the family fishing pond will reduce the impacts of the non-native sport fish on Chiricahua leopard frogs, should they disperse into this pond.

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