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NY DEC plans to increase cricket frog population

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York environmental officials have devised a plan to increase the population of the endangered northern cricket frog.

It's one of New York state's two endangered amphibians and is limited to a small number of breeding populations in the southeastern part of the state.

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DEC Commissioner Joe Martens calls the northern cricket frog an important amphibian component of wetland ecosystems, and says the frog's habitat is important to preserving New York's biodiversity and unique character.

The plan aims to improve the frog's geographic diversity and ultimately increase its population.

The overall goal is to eventually remove the species from New York's endangered list.

The DEC plan is now available for public review. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 21.

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