Ranchers restore amphibian-friendly ponds


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Engage landowners and other volunteers to manage land for amphibians

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Engage landowners and other volunteers to manage land for amphibians

    A study in 2008 of a pond restoration project within pasture in California, USA (Symonds 2008) found that eight livestock ponds had been restored by ranchers with more restorations planned. To encourage participation, regulatory agencies developed a coordinated permit for pond restorations. The new system enabled ranchers to go to one, rather than up to six, agencies to obtain permits and funding for pond and other management projects. The permit provided guidance on wildlife-friendly pond design and management. Ranchers who participated in the programme were given assurances that they would not encounter extra regulatory obligations under the Endangered Species Act if they restored and maintained ponds to benefit California red-legged frog Rana draytonii and California tiger salamander Ambystoma californiense.


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