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DEC releases draft recovery plan for northern cricket frog

ALBANY – The tiny northern cricket frog is on the state’s endangered species list and is limited to a small number of breeding populations in southeastern New York, among them the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Portions of Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia counties have populations of the frogs and the recovery plan proposes a strategy for preventing the loss of this species from the state, said Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Diversity Section Director Daniel Rosenblatt.

“The idea is to help identify actions that can be taken at previously occupied sites so that we can successfully restore the frog back to these locations and that would allow us to expand the population, which is ultimately what we want to do in order to be able to move the species off the endangered species list,” Rosenblatt said.

The proposed strategy includes protecting and managing the remaining populations and habitats; identifying suitable and unoccupied habitats and facilitating the colonization of those sites by the frogs; researching critical data gaps in the conservation biology of the frog that will assist in an efficient recovery; and development and supporting partnerships to facilitate recovery.

DEC will accept public comment on the draft plan until February 21.