Central Texas salamander debate continues



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Posted on September 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 1:46 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- The discussion surrounding a Central Texas salamander continues Wednesday.

Those in favor of, and opposing, adding four species of the animal to the endangered list have a chance to learn more about the proposal.

On Aug. 22 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposal to add four salamander species in Central Texas to the endangered species list. If the salamanders are added, it would affect about 6,000 acres in Travis, Williamson and Bell Counties.

Officials in all of the counties have argued this would hinder further development of the land in the designated areas.

Congressman John Carter agrees. He, along with Senator John Cornyn, introduced legislation to try and block the addition of the four salamander species to the endangered list.

"Five communities can preserve these species without the imposition of the federal government. The less we have the federal government around here, the better we are," Rep. Carter said.

There will be a pair of informational meetings this week.

  • On Wednesday the meeting will take place in Williamson County at the Wingate Hotel in Round Rock from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m.
  • On Thursday the meeting will be held in Travis County at 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center on Robert Dedmon Drive. The public hearing will begin at 8 p.m.

The public is invited to give the counties input until Oct. 22. For more information click here.