Interior Department establishes national wildlife refuge for Wyoming toad

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced the establishment of the Wyoming Toad Conservation Area in Wyoming as the 569th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The new conservation area, located in the Laramie Plains of the Wyoming Basin, will support the protection of habitat critical for the survival of the Wyoming toad, one of the most endangered amphibians in North America. The area is also important for the conservation of other species, including the white-tailed prairie dog, pronghorn and migratory birds. The acquisition will provide future public access to the Laramie River and opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing, hunting and wildlife observation.