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Endangered species act could affect eastern California

Nevada County will join 13 other counties in a discussion about how impending decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding endangered species could affect forest management.

On Saturday a coalition of five organizations, including Nevada County-based California Association of Business Property and Resources Owners, will discuss how the possible declaration of amphibians endemic to eastern California as endangered could impact residents.

In a Wednesday release, the coalition stated that grazing, timber harvest, fire management, dams and water diversions, mining, roads, off-highway vehicle recreation, packstock use, recreation, hiking, rafting and trout introduction could all be restricted or forbidden if the Sierra Nevada mountain yellow-legged frog, the Yosemite toad and the Northern DPS mountain yellow-legged frog are declared officially endangered.

“Unless action is taken now, the future of these counties will be radically changed,” the release stated.

In a 2011 settlement agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to evaluate a certain number a year of 479 requests to list different species of animals and plants as endangered.

Along with CABPRO, the Western Mining Alliance, the California Forestry Association, the Jefferson Mining District, Public Lands for the People and Defend Rural America will give presentations.

The event is free and will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The location is Parkside Church, 3885 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA.

For further information, contact Kirk MacKenzie of Defend Rural America at 650-967-5679.

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