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In the arid West, water is key to the survival of everything. That's why early-day pioneers staked out the riverbottoms when they settled the West. It was all about water.
In recent years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been partnering with ranchers in Owyhee County to create more ponds and wetlands on private lands.
"Initially, the project was focused on Columbia spotted frogs, which were a candidate species, but we recognized that many species would beneift from the creation of wetlands," says Kristin Lohr, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho, in Boise.
"These wetlands provide habitat for not just Columbia spotted frogs, but also other animals such as amphibians, birds, bats, deer and antelope."
"As we're standing here, we see red-winged blackbirds in the cat-tails, and we heard a Pacific chorus frog calling from the edge of the wetland. So animals are already moving in and using these wetlands."Read More