Watch Out – That Toad Has Rights

YosemiteToadby Debra Tash

The U.S. Wildlife Service will attend two community forums hosted by Congressman LaMalfa regarding the proposed critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population of the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad (pictured-left). This proposal will affect 1.7 million acres of federal lands, 1.2 of non-federal lands and 86 thousand of wilderness lands.  You can see the map here:   

http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/2013/08-05/docs/prulepCH3SA_ALL_080113Small.pdf

FrogHabitat

Though this proposition concerns mostly publicly held lands, one must keep in mind that those lands belong to the people of the United States.  Sorry, frogs and toads. The proposal will, in effect, designate  a vast area of recreational and mineral/timber rich property off-limits to human beings.  After all, the Wildlife Service’s primary function is protecting wintering amphibians.  Think of the baby tadpoles and what they will be left with to eat if you, the taxpaying citizen, want to hike across a meadow or enjoy an outing at one of the many lakes and waterways listed in this proposal.  Shame on you human beings for wanting to use what your tax dollars paid for. 

If you have several hours and a lot of stamina you can read the Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow‑Legged Frog, the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the Mountain Yellow‑Legged Frog, and the Yosemite Toad for yourself here: 

http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/2013/08-05/docs/3SA-pCH%20rule-2013.pdf

Though this happening primarily in the Sierra Nevadas and Tehachapi Mountains, trust me, the tactic of restricting government lands will be coming to a neighborhood near you. It’s time to stand up and say- enough.  If you would like to comment on this insanity and outright theft of public property- and you don t have to be nice- please contact: Robert Moler: [email protected]; (916) 414-6606.

You can also leave comments through the Service’s portal here:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!searchResults;rpp=25;po=0;s=Yosemite%252Btoad;fp=true;ns=true

Oh brave new world.  Watch out for that toad. It has more rights than you.

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, living in Somis

 

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Reclaiming Our American Rights                                                   September 3, 2013
Dear Duane,
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is hosting two forums on the critical habitat for the Yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad September 4th (tomorrow) in Nevada and Placer Counties. Over 2 million acres of California land is affected–including 23% of Nevada County! Please attend if you can. –Judi and Raeanne

Important to attend!
Congressman Doug LaMalfa hosting Yellow-Legged Frog Forums in Nevada County and Placer County
Wednesday September 4th

Doug LaMalfa

 

CONGRESSMAN, FIRST DISTRICT

US House of Representatives

 

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2013

CONTACT: Kevin Eastman

Phone: (202) 308-8529

Media Advisory: Rep. LaMalfa to Hold Two Forums on Critical Habitat Proposal in Nevada and Placer Counties

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) will host two Congressional Public Forums to discuss the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed listing of the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog and the Yosemite toad.  The meetings will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in Nevada City (Nevada County) and Auburn (Placer County).  These events are a result of both Nevada and Placer Counties requesting public meetings from US Fish and Wildlife regarding these designations.

“I’m very concerned that this designation could limit the public’s access to National Forests and other public lands, and even restrict activity on private property. It’s important that you weigh in before this proposal is finalized, so I hope you’ll join us on Wednesday to share your opinions and learn more about the designation,” said Rep. LaMalfa.

The critical habitat designation would encompass over 2.2 million acres of the Sierras, including over 9,000 acres in Placer County and over 138,000 acres in Nevada County.

 

Nevada County Congressional Forum

What: Congressional Forum on the Proposed Critical Habitat Designation

When: Wednesday, September 4, from 11 AM to 1 PM

Where: Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ Chamber, 950 Maidu Ave,

Nevada City, CA 95959

 

Placer County Congressional Forum

What:   Congressional Public Forum on the Proposed Critical Habitat Designation

When:  Wednesday, September 4, 2 PM to 4 PM

Where: Hearing Room, Dewitt Center

  3091 County Center Drive, Auburn, CA 95603

 

Earlier this month, Rep. LaMalfa questioned Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Dan Ashe, over the proposed designation of millions of acres of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as critical habitat for the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog during a House Committee on Natural Resources hearing. Director Ashe agreed that the species’ decline was due primarily to the chytrid fungus, which is negatively impacting amphibians worldwide, and that FWS staff would attend LaMalfa’s events to describe the proposed designation.

Video of Rep. LaMalfa’s exchange with Director Ashe may be found at the following link:

 

Rep. LaMalfa Questions Fish & Wildlife Director Over Restrictive Habitat Designations

 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Representative LaMalfa’s District Office at (530)-534-7100.

Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

 

Update from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has updated the public engagement schedule regarding the proposals to list and designate critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad.

 

The Service will attend two community forums hosted by Congressman LaMalfa on the proposals.  Both forums are scheduled for Wednesday, September 4.  The Service will be available to address questions and concerns at these events.

 

Nevada County Congressional Public Forum

11 am – 1 pm

Placer County Congressional Public Forum

2 – 4 pm

Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers

950 Maidu Ave.

Nevada City, CA 95959

Hearing Room, Dewitt Center

3091 County Center Drive

Auburn, CA 95603

 

The Service will also hold two public meetings and a public hearing regarding these proposals before the end of 2013.  Our plan is to hold public meetings in two California counties where the Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for these species.  We are going to hold these meetings after the draft economic analysis for the critical habitat proposal is available to the public that is expected in fall 2013.  Written comments will be accepted at these meetings.

 

The Service plans to hold the public hearing in Sacramento after the draft economic analysis is available.  Written and verbal testimony will be accepted at the public hearing.

 

When they are set, we will announce the dates and times of the meetings, the hearing, and other updates to this issue.  Updates, copies of the proposals, critical habitat maps, and other resources are available on our website at:

 

Although the Service cannot hold a meeting in every county identified in these proposals, we will try to attend other events such as regularly scheduled meetings of the County Board of Supervisors.  In the meantime, you are welcome to contact us for more information.  Our point of contact is Robert Moler, [email protected]; (916) 414-6606.

 

The Service is working with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in managing the public lands for the conservation of these species.   We are working together to coordinate outreach for these proposals.

 

Written testimony from the public regarding these proposals can be submitted during any open comment period.  The current open comment period for these proposals closes November 18, 2013.  Another comment period will open when the draft economic analysis is available, expected fall 2013.

 

During open comment periods, comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.  The Docket Number for the proposed listing rule is FWS-R8-ES-2012-0100 and for the proposed critical habitat rule is FWS-R8-ES-2012-0074. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail to:

Public Comments Processing

FWS-R8-ES-2012-0100 or FWS-R8-ES-2012-0074

Division of Policy and Directives Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM

Arlington, VA 22203

 

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  We will send you further updates as more information becomes available.

 

Thank You,

 

********

Robert Moler

Assistant Field Supervisor for External Affairs

Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of Interior

[email protected]

916.414.6606

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