Funds will be used to save endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs from extinction
Sequoia Parks Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, announced January 7, 2020, that it has received $250,000 from The Dorrance Family Foundation. These funds will support the recovery of two federally listed endangered species (the mountain yellow-legged frog complex) and numerous associated vertebrate species in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Sequoia Parks Conservancy receives
Mountain yellow-legged frogs have been part of a flagship research and restoration program due to populations being affected by non-native trout and infected with the disease (chytridiomycosis), which is decimating frog populations worldwide. It has long been the goal of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon aquatic restoration team to help save these frogs from going locally extinct.
Money from the grant will be used to increase frog resiliency to invasive species and climate change, restore critical habitat, reestablish lost populations of mountain yellow-legged frogs, augment vulnerable populations, and support the partnership with captive rearing programs at the Oakland and San Francisco zoos.
“The National Park Service is grateful for the support provided by The Dorrance Family Foundation,” said Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “The grant will enable us to recover critical habitat for endangered species that are dependent on fragile, high elevation lakes and wetlands.”
The award is part of the Foundation’s Animals of the Sierra Nevada Grant Program, which provides support for high-performing nonprofits demonstrating effectiveness and expertise in the preservation, protection, and recovery of imperiled and at-risk wildlife of the Sierra Nevada.
About The Dorrance Family Foundation— The mission of The Dorrance Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation. Grants are awarded to a variety of organizations in geographic areas that are personally significant to the Dorrance Family: Arizona, Southern California, and the Island of Hawai’i. Grants are received and considered by invitation only.
About Sequoia Parks Conservancy— Sequoia Parks Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, working hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to support critical park programs including education and outreach, trails and access, wildlife management, search and rescue, and resource management and science. Learn more here.