NY plans to boost cricket frog population

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York environmental officials have released a management plan to protect and restore populations of the endangered northern cricket frog.

The northern cricket frog is New York’s only endangered frog. It used to be found on Long Island, but now there are only a handful of breeding populations remaining in Orange, Ulster and Dutchess counties.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said Monday that recommendations in the management plan will stabilize and improve the distribution and abundance of the rare amphibian and ultimately increase its population.

Under the plan, the state will protect remaining populations and habitats and work with willing landowners to help the frogs colonize other suitable habitats.

Biologists are developing specific steps to implement the recovery plan.

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