Groups seek protection for unique Oregon salamander

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Four conservation groups are seeking federal protection for a unique species of salamander that lives in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California.

The Capital Press reports the petition was filed Monday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The petition says increasing logging of old-growth forests is threatening the Siskiyou Mountains salamander and the amphibian deserves immediate protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Two timber industry groups issued a joint statement against the petition.

Conservationists first filed a petition seeking federal protection for the salamander in 2004