CA4WDC issues position statement on ESA Listing of Yellow-legged Frog and Yosemite Toad
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Final Rule for listing of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as Endangered Species and the Yosemite toad as a Threatened Species is pending publication in the April 29, 2014 edition of the Federal Register.
Background: The current listing effort is the result of a lawsuit settlement between the USFWS and Center for Biological Diversity.
The frogs and toads have been on U.S. Forest Service "species of concern" list for more than 14 years. As such, they were addressed in the 2000 Sierra Nevada Framework (SNF) with defined management prescriptions as if they were formally listed species. As such, grazing, logging and recreation activities have lived under the SNF prescriptions which treated the species as listed on the Threatened and Endangered Species List.
This means that when U.S. Forest Service travel management was conducted, the SNF was one of the tiered documents reviewed to determine impact of designating the route. As such, USFS routes can be (or should be) considered to be in compliance with ESA listing.
Note, I said "should be" considered in compliance.