Wetland Success in Plumas National Forest

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Thanks to the very generous donations of twenty SAVE THE FROGS! supporters, we were able to assist in the construction of six wetlands in June/July 2017! The three wetlands in Elgin, AZ were built to provide habitat for the threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis). The other three wetlands are in Plumas National Forest, and serve as habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii). On June 28th and 29th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Kathlyn Franco Osagie served as an assistant instructor at a US Forest Service wetland construction workshop, helping to educate hydrologists, botanists and engineers about wetland construction techniques. These wetland projects are huge successes. The wetlands we built in Eldorado National Forest in 2014 and 2016 are holding water and being used by California Red-Legged Frogs. At Plumas National Forest two of the wetlands we built this summer are already holding water (they filled with pre-existing groundwater). The third wetland uses a pesticide-free plastic liner and is expected to fill once the first rains come.

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Plumas National Forest: one of the two groundwater wetlands we built for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii).

Our wetland program runs on donations and thus we send a big thank you to all our donors on behalf of everyone at SAVE THE FROGS! and from all of the amphibians that will live in their new wetlands!

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The second groundwater wetland built at Plumas National Forest (2017).

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SAVE THE FROGS! Wetland Coordinator and Ecologist Kathlyn F. Osagie teaching a Chico State Civil Engineer intern how to take elevations using a laser level and rod.

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Wetland workshop participants helping mulch all of the open soil to control for erosion.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Wetland Coordinator and Ecologist Kathlyn Franco Osagie sends a big thank you for helping these wetlands come to fruition.  

In fall 2017, we plan to build a wetland at Garvey Intermediate School in Southern California. The wetland will be used for outdoor education as well as wildlife habitat. Can you help us build wetlands? Please donate here to fund our wetland program.