- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a conservation area aimed at expanding the range of the endangered Wyoming toad in the Laramie Valley.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (https://bit.ly/1Bciizj ) the agency wants to work with private landowners to conserve toad habitat along the Laramie and Little Laramie rivers by establishing conservation easements or by buying land from willing sellers. The conservation area could include as many as 43,000 acres, with a focus on wetlands, riparian areas and upland habitat.

Wildlife officials want to establish self-sustaining populations in the toad’s historical range, which could allow it to be removed from the endangered-species list.

The comment period for the draft environmental assessment and land protection plan for the proposed Wyoming Toad Conservation Area project closes Jan. 5.


Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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