How can fire help a desert toad that breeds in wetlands? The Nature Conservancy of Nevada is answering that question in the Mojave Desert — a seemingly inhospitable place for a water-dependent amphibian.
The Conservancy is conducting prescribed burns along the Mojave Desert wetlands of the Amargosa River in hopes of restoring the area’s rare and unique species.
Chief among this wildlife is the Amargosa toad, whose numbers have drastically declined because its breeding pools and wetlands have been choked by cattails and reeds. And thus far, the first Torrance Ranch burn has proven amazingly successful.
Read the complete story at The Nature Conservancy.