In response to indications of worldwide declines in amphibian populations, Interior Department agencies were directed to initiate a national program of amphibian monitoring, research, and conservation. There is an urgent need to determine the scope and severity of the problem and to investigate causes. As a result, the USGS formed the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI). The main goals and objectives of ARMI are to:
- Provide information to natural resource managers on the status and trends of amphibians.
- Relate status and trends to management options at the scale of management units.
- Identify causes of declines.
- Provide essential scientific information to support effective management actions to arrest or reverse declines