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Locally-led Conservation Efforts Keep Toad Off Endangered Species List

Amargosa ToadDavid Spicer, a rancher in Beatty, Nevada and founder of the non-profit organization Saving Toads Though Off-Road Racing, Ranching and Mining in the Oasis Valley (STORM-OV), has successfully rallied his community to protect the Amargosa toad (Bufo nelsoni) and keep it off of the list of endangered species.

Partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, other federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, local government, fellow landowners, and by acquiring grants, Spicer and his STORM-OV partners have restored 11 springs, enhanced one mile of river, and created or enhanced 57 acres of toad breeding and foraging habitat mostly on private land.