The Houston toad is a federally listed endangered species. Historically, the toad was known to occur in 12 counties in southeast Texas, but development and associated habitat loss have shrunk the range to only 9 counties with
County having the largest known remaining population. An explosion of growth and development in
County is creating a now or never situation for recovery of the
Environmental Defense works with private landowners in
Texas to enhance, restore and protect habitat for endangered species. Through its Landowner Conservation Assistance (LCAP) and
Harbor programs Environmental Defense encourages landowner participation in endangered species habitat restoration by offering a suite of incentive-based tools and regulatory assurances. With habitat declining in the area most beneficial to the Houston toad, Environmental Defense recognizes the importance of working with private landowners and local stakeholders in this landscape to plan and implement conservation and restoration activities designed to recover the toad.