Federal officials have released a draft economic analysis of its proposal to designate 1,831,820 acres of critical habitat in California for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad.
The document estimates the costs associated with the designation of critical habitat to be $630,000 to $1.5 million over 17 years, from 2014 to 2030. With 97 percent of the proposed critical habitat located on federal lands, the estimated costs of the designations are largely associated with federal agency consultations for actions on federal lands such as fish stocking, water operations, grazing and recreation.
On April 25, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published in the Federal Register two proposals to list and designate critical habitat for the three amphibians and opened a 60-day comment period. During and after the initial comment period, the USFWS received several requests from the public to extend the comment period. On July 18, the USFWS reopened the public comment period for 120 days that closed on Nov. 18.
Read the full story in the Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.