7 groups, 3 people lauded for Amargosa toad effort
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Seven groups and three people are being credited with what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official calls a model partnership to ensure the survival of a toad species unique to the Amargosa Valley of southern Nevada.
Topping the list, Nye County landowner David Spicer received a national Service Citizen's Award on Wednesday for his contribution to restoring habitat for the Amargosa toad.
Fish and Wildlife Service state supervisor Ted Koch (kohk) says rescuing the toad isn't a typical story of environmental action.
Instead, the toad owes its comeback to those who worked together to keep it from going on the endangered species list.
Nevada Division of Wildlife chief Ken Mayer says the partnership included individuals and landowners, mining interests, off road racers, local businesses and government and conservation groups.