Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Recovery Plan for Oregon Spotted Frog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced the availability of a draft recovery plan for the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) and a 60-day public comment period. The draft recovery plan has two supporting documents that are also available for viewing, the species biological report and recovery implementation strategy.

The Oregon spotted frog is the most aquatic frog in the Pacific Northwest, living year-round in lakes, ponds, wetlands, riverine oxbows and floodplains, and altered habitats such as farmed floodplains and ditches. Currently they are found in small areas ranging from Southwest British Columbia through the Puget Trough in Washington, and in the Cascade Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon. Over 76 percent of its former range has been lost and this frog has been extirpated from California. 

Historical and current range of Oregon spotted frog. Source: Draft Recovery Plan, USFWS 2023.

Oregon spotted frogs are impacted by several threats including historical and ongoing hydrological and vegetation changes to their habitat, predation by invasive bullfrogs, and from having small and isolated populations. These threats, combined with climate change climate change
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pose a significant challenge to recovery of this species.  

This is the first recovery plan for the species, which was federally listed as threatened in 2014.

Working with our partners, the Service uses a range of conservation tools to recover threatened and endangered species. Recovery plans are one such tool, providing a roadmap for recovery of listed species in coordination with public and private partners. A recovery plan provides guidance on how best to help listed species achieve recovery, but it is not a regulatory document. 

The recovery strategy seeks to (1) improve Oregon spotted frog numbers and distribution so that populations are resilient to adverse impacts, (2) preserve genetic diversity to better allow for adaptation to changing conditions, and (3) ensure there are sufficient populations distributed over the range of the species.  

The public is invited to provide comment on the draft plan through May 1, 2023.

 VIEW THE DRAFT RECOVERY PLAN 

SPECIES BIOLOGICAL REPORT

RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

Submitting Comments

To ensure consideration, we must receive written comments on or before May 1, 2023However, we will accept information at any time. Submit your comments on the draft document in writing by any one of the following methods:

  • U.S. Mail: Attn: Jennifer O’Reilly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Ste. 100, Portland, OR 97266
  • Email:   fw1ofwo@fws.gov. Please include “Draft Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Plan Comments” in the subject line.
     

You may also obtain a copy of the draft recovery plan online or by U.S. mail. Send a request to Attn: Jennifer O’Reilly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Ste. 100, Portland, OR 97266, by phone (503-231-6179), or by email (fw1ofwo@fws.gov).

Focused collaboration among diverse stakeholders will be necessary to recover and ultimately delist this species. Photo Credit: Jennifer O'Reilly/USFWS  

Public Availability of Comments

All comments received, including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other personal identifying information, will become part of the decision record and will be available to the public. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and materials we receive will be available for public inspection by appointment.

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