Re "Field hearing on amphibians was a stacked deck" (Editorials, Aug. 10): As a wildlife biologist who has studied amphibian declines extensively, I was shocked to learn that public officials are misleading their constituents about the basis for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed listings.
The proposed listings of the yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad are not based on "junk science" nor are listings "destructive" of the environment.
There are numerous peer-reviewed studies that point to the need for federal protections for these species. Endangered Species Act listings do not prevent current efforts to conserve species. In fact, listing makes additional funding available to support conservation programs, as well as scientific research and monitoring for the species.
-- Jennifer Loda, Oakland