Endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog sited adjacent to Upper Echo Lake
In a report issued in 2011, the U.S. Forest Service indicated that two Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs were sited approximately 1 kilometer from Upper Echo Lake. The species was listed as endangered by the Fish and Wildlife Service on April 29, 2014, as we explain here. A portion of the map in the 2011 report that highlights the frog siting is set out below.
According to the fina listing rule, the frog is known to travel substantial distances in and adjacent to stream courses and, to a lesser extent, over upland areas at certain points in its life cycle. A USGS map displaying Cagin Lake and the location of the frog sitings in relationship to Upper Echo Lake is set out below.
These sitings together with the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule designating the entire area as critical habitat for the frog provide strong evidence that the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project is harming the species.