Environmentalists have raised the Cute Frog on Skateboard Merch T-Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater alarm about logging near the habitat of a rare frog species in East Gippsland that was long believed to be extinct until it was discovered five years ago.
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The large brown tree frog, which has distinctive orange patches on its hind legs, was not seen for two decades when ecologist and citizen scientist Rena Gaborov heard it call one evening in 2015 and then photographed an adult frog.
Because of the frog’s precarious condition, the Cute Frog on Skateboard Merch T-Shirt, hoodie, tank top, the sweater environment ministry had to place a “special protected area” around its habitat, but GECO said the area was sandwiched between two logging cars and did not meet the legal requirement that it must be at least 300 meters wide.
Brown tree frog believed to be extinct has long been red discovered in East Gippsland
GECO spokesman Chris Schuringa said: “Logging will push this incredibly rare and unique species to the Cute Frog on Skateboard Merch T-Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater brink of extinction.” If the government continues to exploit these forests, then we risk losing these animals forever.”
It is likely that one of their main threats is chytrid fungi in amphibians – an infectious disease that has caused extinction and population decline for many frog species worldwide. The fungus could be carried in the soil, and Ms Gaborov was concerned that it could be transported into the Mt Jersey area by logging trucks.
“When we surveyed, we wore plastic shoes but these wooden trucks ran straight in from the highlands with mud on their wheels,” she said.
A government spokesman said the Cute Frog on Skateboard Merch T-Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater Office of Conservation Management had assessed the special protected area placed for logging and found that the measures were appropriate.
They said that after the most recent wildfires, it was assessed on large brown tree frog populations and the creation of artificial makeshift ponds for frog shelter.
A VicForests spokesman said it had applied additional buffering and stream protection to potential breeding locations.
In the good news about the animals this week, forest surveyors from the Conservation Management Agency found nearly 330 giant frog tadpoles digging burrows in ponds in the remote Maramingo area near Genoa, in East Gippsland.
There are fears that frogs, which are found only in Gippsland and parts of New South Wales, have been wiped out after much of their habitat was destroyed in summer bushfires.