Grazing is a Win-Win for Ranchers, Salamanders, Frogs and the Community

Grazing is a Win-Win for Ranchers, Salamanders, Frogs and the Community

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: On Pasture
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“California tiger salamanders historically used naturally occurring ponds in valley bottoms to breed. But those valley bottoms also became attractive to people, and over time, many of the ponds were drained permanently and bulldozed over to make way for houses or farms,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist Jeff Phillips says. “Ranching in the foothills, however, provided large, contiguous open spaces, including grassland and chaparral habitat ideal for salamanders. The stock ponds that were built by ranchers became suitable breeding grounds for the salamanders and frogs that were pushed out of the valleys.”

Phillips says that cattle ranching and healthy habitat for these rare amphibians go hand-in-hand. And now, thanks to the establishment of the Sparling Ranch Conservation Bank, more than 2,000 acres of valuable habitat will be permanently protected for California tiger salamanders and California red-legged frogs, including 14 breeding ponds. Cattle, salamanders, and frogs will peacefully coexist for years to come.