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Amphibian DeclinesThe Conservation Status of United States Species$
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Michael Lannoo

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235922

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235922.001.0001

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Amphibian Conservation Needs

Amphibian Conservation Needs

(p.168) Twenty-Four Amphibian Conservation Needs
Amphibian Declines

Edward D Koch

Charles R. Peterson

University of California Press

For fifteen years, the authors have been working together to understand and conserve amphibians in the northern Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States. Based on their observations, it appears that many herpetologists are unaware of or poorly informed on management needs and opportunities for conserving amphibian species. Because of this lack of awareness and a relative lack of attention paid by herpetologists to serving specific research and management needs, many natural resource managers lack the sound scientific information and experience needed to conserve amphibians and their habitats. Citizens have created many tools for conserving species that are often unfamiliar to research scientists, many conservationists, and even some managers. This chapter presents some ideas and examples of opportunities to promote amphibian species conservation, based on the authors' experience of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pacific Region and at Idaho State University. It examines the challenge posed by boreal toads with respect to taxonomy and management. It also provides an overview of conservation planning according to the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Keywords:   United States, conservation, amphibians, boreal toads, taxonomy, management, Endangered Species Act

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