Just yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially set aside 1.6 million acres in California as habitat for an endangered species of red-legged frogs. The 1.6 million acres will be divided up into 50 different areas across the state and include areas not previously protected such as Mendocino, Sonoma, Placer, Calaveras, Stanislaus and Kings.
This was the third attempt by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have land set aside for the ailing amphibians. The first attempt was frustrated by a lawsuit through the building industry in 2001, which objected to the 4.1 million acres originally set aside for the frogs. “Most recently, the agency reduced critical habitat to 450,000 acres in a controversial 2006 decision by Interior Department official Julie MacDonald, who was found to have provided internal documents to lobbyists and pressured scientists to alter their conclusions. MacDonald later resigned,” writes LA Times reporter Julie Cart.
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