NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An endangered frog that lives only in Mississippi would have a lot more hopping room under the latest proposal from the federal government.
The government wants to more than triple the area proposed as critical habitat for the Mississippi gopher frog — mostly in Mississippi but also including its last known Louisiana breeding ground.
Mississippi gopher frogs once lived in longleaf pine forests from western Alabama to southeast Louisiana. Timbering all but eradicated those forests.
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed nearly 2,000 acres in Mississippi as critical habitat. It’s now proposing more than 1,600 acres in Louisiana and nearly 5,400 in Mississippi. Most of the Mississippi land is public.
Critical habitat designation generally affects only work needing a federal permit.
Mississippi gopher frog: http://1.usa.gov/mX42F