"A rare Nevada toad at the center of a lawsuit over a geothermal energy project will be listed under the Endangered Species Act, federal wildlife managers said Thursday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the Dixie Valley toad will be listed as endangered and be provided permanent federal protections. The toad was protected under a rare emergency order in April, and those emergency protections expire Dec. 2.
Following a review of the best available scientific information, wildlife officials determined the Dixie Valley toad, the smallest of the western toads, is at risk of extinction without federal intervention."