FWS Creates 2 New Refuges In Tenn, Wyo. To Protect Toads, Bats, Salamanders

"MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two newly created national wildlife refuges in Tennessee and Wyoming will help protect habitats for threatened and endangered species such as toads, bats, shrimp and salamanders, federal officials say.

The Wyoming Toad Conservation Area and the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee are the result of “decades-long, locally led efforts to conserve habitat for species while maintaining recreational access,” the U.S. Department of Interior said Tuesday in a news release.

The two refuges are the latest additions to the National Wildlife Refuge System, a collection of 570 refuges and 38 wetland districts managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "

Adrian Sainz reports for the Associated Press October 11, 2023.

Source: AP, 10/12/2023