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No salamanders have been observed in recent visits to Scotia Canyon; thus, this population may be extirpated. A single terrestrial Sonora tiger salamander was found near Oak Spring in Copper Canyon of the Huachuca Mountains. 6 mi (960 m) to the southwest. A total of 79 aquatic sites in the San Rafael Valley and adjacent slopes of the Huachuca and Patagonia mountains have been surveyed for salamanders. These include most potential aquatic habitats 716 Amphibians on public lands. However, private lands in the center of the San Rafael Valley have not been surveyed intensively.

Federal activities that could affect the flatwoods salamander through destruction or modification of suitable habitat include forest management, military operations, and road construction. Some populations on Federal lands have benefited where prescribed burning has been used as a regular management tool. However, multiple use priorities on public lands, such as timber production, and military and recreational use, make protection of the flatwoods salamander secondary. The National Environmental Policy Act requires an intensive environmental review of projects that may adversely affect a federally listed species.

Habitat All sites where Sonora tiger salamanders have been found are located in the Santa Cruz and San Pedro river drainages, including sites in the San Rafael Valley and adjacent portions of the Patagonia and Huachuca mountains in Santa Cruz and Cochise counties, Arizona. 4 km) of Lochiel, Arizona. If the Los Fresnos population is the subspecies stebbinsi, it is the only population known to occur in a cienega. Historically, the Sonora tiger salamander probably inhabited springs, cienegas, and possibly backwater pools where permanent or nearly permanent water allowed survival of mature branchiates.

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