The north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa queried U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe yesterday about the proposed designation of millions of acres of the Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog. His questions came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing. The critical habitat designation proposed by FWS would encompass over 2.2 million acres of the Sierras. LaMalfa also announced a public forum on the proposal in Nevada City on Wednesday, September 4, which the FWS has agreed to attend.
“Every study on these frogs has found that the chytrid fungus is causing their decline, not human activity, yet the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering drastic limits on land use in over 2.2 million acres,” LaMalfa said. “Over 20 percent of Nevada County alone would face new environmental regulation under this plan, and residents deserve a say in the matter.”