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Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Supervisors will vote whether to weigh in on the Yellow Legged Frog, proposed Emigrant Wilderness legislation, and the Rim Fire.

On Tuesday the Board will vote whether to send a letter to the federal government regarding the financial impacts of designations related to the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog and the Yosemite Toad. The proposed designations were criticized by several community leaders at a hearing held last summer at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, hosted by Republican U.S. House members Tom McClintock and Devin Nunes.

On a different matter, the Board will decide whether to support legislation authored by local Congressman Tom McClintock, entitled the “Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act of 2013.” County documents show that it would put a priority on the use of wilderness designated area for activities such as camping and hiking. There is 113,000 acres of “Emigrant Wilderness” designated federal land in Tuolumne County. The county cites the loss of check dams over past years a concern due to the Emigrant Wilderness designation.

The County will also vote whether to give opinions about a White Water Rafting Study, related to the Don Pedro Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Relicensing.

In addition, the county will talk about whether to send another request for the federal government to conduct an “After Action Review” on the Rim Fire. The Supervisors sent a letter to US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in late January on the matter, but have yet to hear back from him.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9am in the Supervisors meeting room in downtown Sonora.