In response to the Sept. 20 letter about whether recreation activities would be affected if frogs and toads are listed as endangered: Recreational activities on public lands can be affected by the agency that has jurisdiction of an area, if they choose to do so.
The Forest Service has set aside 1,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California as protected critical habitat for the yellow-legged frog. The area is called the Williamson Rock Closure Area and it has been closed to human traffic since 2005. They have closed the Pacific Crest Trail, a national trail, that goes through that 1,000 acres and requires a detour. Should you decide to trespass, you could be subject to a fine or jail time or both.
In its editor’s note on the letter, The Bee makes it sound as if listing the frogs and toads as an endangered species is no big deal for those who like to recreate in these critical habitats. As you can see from this example, that is not true.