Ecology and Conservation of Sensitive Herpetofauna Species

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Many species of amphibians and reptiles are declining or facing population threats in the West related to habitat loss, habitat alteration, introduction of non-native species, and other factors. Our work focuses on the status and trends of resident herpetofauna and how to better manage their habitats. Much of the effort is undertaken with cooperators, particularly with other agencies in the Department of the Interior. Applied topics have included studies on impacts to wildlife communities from timber harvest, off-road vehicles, and prescribed fires. Studies range from distributional surveys to intensive, site-specific ecological research, depending on the question of interest to land managers and decision makers. A continuing goal is to ensure information is provided to cooperators (e.g., reports, local meetings), as well as publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.