RAY BROOK — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that a proposed recovery plan to increase the population of the endangered northern cricket frog is available for public review and comment.
The northern cricket frog is one of New York state’s two endangered amphibians and is limited to a small number of breeding populations in southeastern New York.
The recovery plan provides a comprehensive review of the northern cricket frog and proposes a strategy for preventing the loss of the species from the state, a press release states.
Goals are to: protect and manage remaining northern cricket frog populations and habitats; identify suitable and unoccupied habitats and facilitate the colonization of these sites by northern cricket frogs; research critical data gaps in the conservation biology of the northern cricket frog that will assist in an efficient recovery; and develop and support partnerships to facilitate recovery.
Although recovery plans are not required for endangered species in New York state, one can be prepared to provide guidance for activities that would result in an improvement in the status of the species. An overall goal of the recovery plan is to eventually remove the species from New York’s endangered species list.
Additional information on northern cricket frogs can be found on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7120.html. Copies of the Draft Northern Cricket Frog Recovery Plan may be downloaded from ftp://ftp.dec.state.ny.us/dfwmr/wildlife/crfr.
DEC will accept comments on the draft plan until Feb. 21. Comments or questions should be addressed to: Gregg Kenney, NYSDEC, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561; phone (845) 256-3098; or emailed to R3wildlife@gw.dec.state.ny.us (use “northern cricket frog” in the subject line).