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More endangered species proposals may impact Inyo

January 22, 2014

Local leaders are weighing the potential impacts of endangered species designations for the mountain yellow legged frog, the Mono sage grouse (above) and six other species. Photo by Wendilyn Grasseschi

With federal officials proposing more endangered species listings for threatened animals in Inyo County, local leaders are concerned that the feds are ignoring impacts on local communities.
Federal officials are moving forward with plans to designate thousands of acres of Inyo County’s backcountry as critical habitat for the mountain yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad. On Tuesday, local leaders are expressed “deep concern” about another plan to add dozens of animals to the federal Endangered Species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list eight Inyo species (including the Yosemite toad and yellow legged frog) as endangered. Endangered species designations are generally followed by critical habitat designations that protect a threatened species home turf. County Planning staff said “dozens” of additional species are proposed to be listed as endangered in neighboring counties in California and Nevada.
Read the full story in the Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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