"I think this is a question of whether you want to control the situation," said Robert Gulley, an attorney with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and program coordinator for the Edwards Aquifer Restoration Implementation Program.
explained the status of the salamander is in play because of a settlement reached with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
by several environmental groups.
The settlement requires the service to decide whether to place several hundred species, including the Salado Salamander, on the endangered list by September.
"If the species is listed, you want to control the situation as much as possible," said Gulley
The total cost of the habitat conservation plan could range between $100,000 and $200,000, said Gulley