Personal tools
You are here: Home » News » Press Clips » Protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog

Protections for the Oregon Spotted Frog

After years of illegal grazing, KS Wild and our allies have secured an initial court victory that requires the Forest Service to do its job and protect rare frogs and their fragile riparian habitat.

Document Actions
Oregon Spotted Frog

As Kermit the Frog famously sang, "it ain't easy being green." Its especially hard for rare frogs to remain healthy, happy and green when the Forest Service authorizes extensive cattle grazing in and near the streams, pools and wetlands that they rely upon to survive.

Perhaps the most imperiled frog population in Oregon consists of the threatened Oregon Spotted Frog population on Jack Creek in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Its small population has plummeted by 80%-90% as its habitat has been hit by drought and extensive cattle grazing. 
 
The Forest Service acknowledges that the remarkable Jack Creek wetlands are a wholly unique groundwater system, unlike any other in the world, that supports an ecosystem of rare and sensitive plants. This is simply not the right place for a cattle feedlot. 
 
After years of illegal grazing, KS Wild and our allies have secured an initial court victory that requires the Forest Service to do its job and protect rare frogs and their fragile riparian habitat. Now that's something to sing about!