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Speak out

Different kinds of frogs or toads live in different habitats. Some like wet places and some like forests. If you are aware of a population of amphibians, you can let neighbours, property owners, parks employees, or your local authorities know of their presence and your interest in their survival. Let others know that you would like these areas preserved so you can continue hearing the calls of these delightful little creatures so dependent on water. Some communities have built special tunnels under roads so that frogs, toads and salamanders can safely cross to their breeding sites. You might also ask those involved in activities which might have an impact on a pond to take into consideration the living things found there. Activities such as garbage removal from a wetland show your community's awareness and appreciation of the importance of healthy wetlands and is a measure of respect for their importance in local watersheds.

Even better, ADOPT-A-POND! It is important that we all become involved in the preservation of existing wetlands. The restoration of wetlands that are in decline will contribute to their long term survival. If there are no existing wetlands you can create one.

Many people think that development necessarily results in the elimination of wild life habitat. Fears of wet feet and mosquitoes are often enough to lead planners and developers to the conclusion that wetlands must go. The few adult frogs that remain now have nowhere to breed and they die out. As the frogs disappear, new residents begin to ask, "Where have all the frogs gone?" Not only is there a loss of species, but an extinction of experience with wild life. Preserving habitat is much easier than recreating habitat.

Let local developers and planners know that YOU WANT the wetlands and other natural communities to remain. As they learn that people want to retain natural landscape features, there will be more opportunities for people and wild life to live together. More and more of our communities will be seeking alternatives to the decision making process and management techniques that have sufficed in the past.

Innovative compromises recognizing the needs of the human and non-human occupants of ever decreasing habitat are needed to address the issues of environmental and human health. We must all be prepared to compromise, but not at the expense of an ecosystem that sustains itself and all those who inhabit it. Communities working together with industry, and policy developed by planners within the political process, will ultimately determine the success or failure of community green plans.

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