Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP)
Conservation Planning Tools
Management for sensitive species follows Forest Service Region 6 Sensitive Species Policy as identified in Forest Service Manual (FSM) Section 2670. Management of Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Special Status Species follows agency policy documented in the BLM Manual Section 6840.
Under Forest Service policy, agency botanists and biologists review programs and activities, through a Biological Evaluation, as part of the National Environmental Policy Act process, to determine potential effects on sensitive species. Proposed management actions “must not result in a loss of species viability or create significant trends toward Federal listing” (FSM 2670.32).
Under BLM policy, BLM Districts are responsible to assess, review and document the effects of a proposed action on Bureau Sensitive and/or Bureau Assessment species. The effects of Bureau proposed actions are documented through a systematic, interdisciplinary evaluation following the decision making process as described in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. BLM Districts will also determine and document that District decisions would not contribute to the need to list Bureau Sensitive and Assessment species under the Endangered Species Act.
In order to conduct these evaluations, agency personnel need to know species habitat requirements and distribution, assess likelihood of species occurrence, and assess the risk of impacts. This section provides “tools” that biologists and botanists can use (but are not required to use) to assist in determining what level of analysis should be completed in order to make an assessment of potential impacts from proposed management actions.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife posts vertebrate conservation planning tools from the Gap Analysis Program on their website: http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/gap/dataprod.htm. Included on this website are maps of potential habitat and distribution for key mammals, birds, and amphibians and reptiles. For each species listed, there is a distribution model and a predicted distribution that may be downloaded.
The Oregon Explorer website, by Oregon State University, has an expansive wildlife portal that allows users to find out about the Oregon Conservation Strategy and access to a broad range of wildlife information for areas around the state. The “Oregon Wildlife Explorer” portal, http://www.oregonexplorer.info/wildlife, provides a single point of access for current and historic wildlife distribution maps, wildlife photos, local wildlife plans and other information. As an example, if you go the link, scroll down to Wildlife in Your Area (middle bottom), click on Launch the Wildlife Viewer. Click on the Species tab and type in any species. This brings up general information as well as a current and historic distribution map. Clicking either of the maps will enlarge them, but by copying them to a file and then opening the map with Microsoft photo editor (or similar) you can enlarge the picture to the general area you are interested in.
- Wildlife Conservation in the Willamette Valley’s Remnant Prairie and Oak Habitats: A Research Synthesis, January 2010 - Adobe .pdf File - 651k
- Rana lutieventris, Columbia spotted frog
- Improving and Creating Columbia Spotted Frog Habitat - 2008 - Word .doc file - 101k
- Timing of Habitat Improvement Projects - Word .doc file - 112k
- Grazing Effects White Paper and Management Recommendations, 2008 - Word .doc file - 73k
- Rana pretiosa, Oregon Spotted frog
- Annotated Bibliography of Field Studies on the Overwintering Habitat - 2011 - Word .doc File - 1.3M
- Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)
- Lycaena mariposa charlottensis
- Cranberry Bog Botanical Area Restoration Project, Olympic National Forest, WA - Adobe .pdf File - 3.5M
- Polites mardon, Mardon skipper
- Lycaena mariposa charlottensis
Clams, Oysters & Mussels (Class Bivalva)
- Freshwater Mussel Relocation Guidelines, September 2009 - Adobe .pdf File - 73k
Snails and Slugs (Class Gastropoda)
- Effects of Forest Land Management on Terrestrial Mollusks - 2012 - Word .doc file - 258k
- Botanical Implementation and Validation Monitoring of Project Buffer, First Year Report - Adobe .pdf File - 665k
- Botanical Implementation and Validation Monitoring of Project Buffers, Second Year Report - Adobe .pdf File - 1.9M
- Botanical Implementation and Validation Monitoring of Project Buffers, Third Year Report - Adobe .pdf File - 2.4M
Fungi Effects Analysis Guidelines
- Fungi Effects Analysis Guidelines – Introductory Document, October 2008 - Word .doc File - 98k
- Attachment 1 - Likelihood of Occurrence Key, September 2004 - Word .doc file - 40k
- Attachment 2 - Conservation Assessments for Fungi in Regions 5&6 and OR/WA/CA BLM, July 2007 - Word .doc File -
- Appendix 1 – Fungi species currently Special Status or Sensitive Species - Word .doc File - 463k
- Appendix 2 – Additional Fungi Species - Word .doc File - 557k
- Appendix 3 – Work Group Priority Information and Gaps - Word .doc File - 73k
- Attachment 3 - Annotated Bibliography for Fungi, June 2010 - Word .doc file - 210k
- Attachment 4 - Potential Impacts to Fungi Table, June 2010 - Excel .xls file - 34k
- Attachment 5 – References from Attachment 3 in Alphabetical Order, June 2010 - Excel .xls file - 30k
- Fungi Work Group Information Sheet - 2011 - Adobe .pdf File - 76k
- Mycologist Request - 2011 - Word .doc File - 217k
- Mycorrhizal Fungi: Biological/Ecological information and effects of selected types of forest management actions - 2012 – Word.docx file - 28k
- Carex pauciflora
- Cranberry Bog Botanical Area Restoration Project, Olympic National Forest, WA - October 2011 - Adobe .pdf file - 3.5M
- Eucephalus vialis
- Experimental Habitat Manipulation of Wayside Aster (Eucephalus vialis), Institute of Applied Ecology - 2010 - Adobe .pdf file - 5.9M
- Pogogyne floribunda
- Conservation Status and Natural History of POFL in Oregon - September 2006 - Adobe .pdf File - 2.0M