Protecting Endangered Central Texas Salamanders Will Cost $29 Million

(January 25, 2013)--The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the economic impact of protecting habitats of four endangered salamander species in Bell, Williamson and Travis Counties will be about $29 million over 23 years.

The agency, which oversees care of endangered species, said in a report released Thursday the costs associated with protecting about 6,000 acres in the three counties are largely administrative and said it does not foresee impacts to water management activities, utility projects, mining or livestock grazing.

When the agency recommends listing species as endangered, it also limits activity in areas considered to be critical habitat.

In this case, the service wants to protect habitats for the Austin blind salamander in Travis County, the Jollyville Plateau salamander in Travis and Williamson Counties, the Georgetown salamander in Williamson County and the Salado salamander in Bell County.

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