Congressman McClintock to hold a community forum on the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to declare two million acres of land as critical habitat

Congressman McClintock will hold a community forum on August 6th to discuss the proposal by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to declare two million acres of land as critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada and Mountain yellow-legged frogs, and the Yosemite toad as an endangered species.  The public is encouraged to attend.  The forum will be held August 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sierra Building, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora.  Representatives from Congress, local counties and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be in attendance.

The Congressman discussed the proposal and the impact on the human population in his House floor remarks:

The Real Endangered Species:  The Sierra Nevada Hard Working Family

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to warn of the latest episode in a saga that can best be described as “Greens Gone Wild.” It involves the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to declare two million acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as “critical habitat” for the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog and the Yosemite Toad under the Endangered Species Act.

That is essentially the footprint of the Sierra Nevada mountains from Lassen County north of Tahoe to Kern County just outside of Los Angeles. This designation would add Draconian new restrictions to those that have already severely reduced productive uses such as grazing, timber harvesting, mining, recreation and tourism and fire suppression efforts.

And for what? Even the Fish and Wildlife Service admits that the two biggest factors in the decline of these amphibian populations are not human activity at all, but rather non-native trout predators and the Bd fungus that has stricken amphibian populations across the western United States – neither of which will be relieved by this drastic expansion of federal regulations.

The species that will be most affected by this action is the human population, and that result will be tragic, severe, and entirely preventable.

Click here to read House floor remarks or click below to watch video.

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