Arnold Irrigation District
19604 Buck Canyon Rd.
Bend, OR 97702
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OREGON SPOTTED FROG TO BE PROTECTED UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
In August 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Oregon spotted frog (OSF) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. On August 28, 2014, the Service finalized this decision. A decision to designate critical habitat fopr the OSF is pending. The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC) has been closely following the status of the OSF, even before the Service's proposal in 2013. The DBBC has been developing a comprehensive Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), which will include conservation measures specific for the OSF. The HCP is meant to improve habitat for federally listed species in the basin, including the frog, while enabling the Districts/City to continue all of their traditional water management activities, including storing water in and releasing it from Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs. The DBBC is aware that the listing of the frog may present significant challenges for managing the Deschutes Basin's water supplies. The DBBC will continue to work diligently with the Services and other local, state and federal agencies, conservation groups, and others to address the needs of the frog, as well as the other species of fish and wildlife which are the focus of the HCP.
Click here OSF_News_Release_08-28-2014.pdf to view the news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.