A suite of local news articles this week have covered press releases and a press conference by U.S. Representative John Carter (R-Round Rock, TX) about his plans to file a bill (an amendment to the FY 2013 Interior-Environment Appropriations Funding Bill) that would block federal funding for four Texas Eurycea species if they are listed as endangered. Congressman Carter currently serves on the house appropriations committee (along with fellow representatives from Texas Kay Granger R-Fort Worth and John Abney Culberson R-Houston) and plans to introduce this legislation to the committee this week. Note that no scientists who are familiar with the biology and research on these salamander species were interviewed in any of these news pieces, despite numerous claims about the state and quality of “the science” made by many of those interviewed.
Carter announces federal legislation against salamander listing | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 18, 2012
Lizard decision gives Williamson County officials hope on salamanders | Austin American-Statesman by Benjamin Wermund | June 17, 2012
Salamanders may be off endangered list: bill blocks listing it as endangered species | KXAN
Legislation proposed to keep salamanders off endangered list | KVUE
Rep Carter announces legislation to stall listing of salamanders as endangered | Impact News by Samantha Bryant
Click here to read the article, “Endangered fish species find haven at hatchery,” by John MacCormack that appeared on MySanAntonio.com on Friday, March 9, 2012. The article discusses plans for the National Fish Hatchery at Uvalde, TX to begin captive breeding of Eurycea nana, the San Marcos Salamander, among other endangered aquatic species.
In a January 5, 2012 report, NYT carried a Texas Tribune article by Kate Galbraith entitled, More of State’s Species May Be Endangered, which discusses the current status of several of Texas’ endangered (and petitioned) species.
Here’s a link to a recent article in The Bandera Bulletin by James Henry Frazar about recent bird surveys at The Nature Conservancy’s Love Creek Preserve in North Bandera County. Eurycea salamanders are also present on the preserve, and get a mention near the end of the article: