Provo, Utah (AP) - Crews have finished work in Diamond Fork Canyon in Utah County to create new marshes and swamps for a struggling species of frog.
The Columbia Spotted Frog is a state sensitive species because of its declining numbers. About a mile up the canyon near an existing marsh, crews have now created a quarter-mile stretch of shallow ponds.
Mike Slater, of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says over the next year the mud puddles will turn into swamp and marsh, filling in with plants and grasses.
Slater says officials are trying to prevent the species from becoming endangered. a tract of land around the home of the existing frogs has been cleared to create what biologists hope will grow over time into an extension of their living space so their population can grow.
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