Conservation priorities identified for Northwest amphibians and reptiles
Scientists and natural resource managers from across western Canada and United States synthesized conservation concerns and priorities for 105 species of amphibians and reptiles. They identified key threats to these species and found that management was hindered by a lack of basic ecological knowledge, insufficient funding, and limited communication regionwide. These species of concern would likely benefit from standardized regulations for managing native and nonnative species, increased use of data management programs, and jurisdictional stewards for these species to serve as liaisons among fisheries, wildlife, and forestry departments.
This heightened awareness of herpetological conservation has resulted in several new conservation partnerships in the Northwest. In Oregon, for example, three federal agencies are implementing a conservation strategy for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander on federal lands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using this strategy for another salamander species in New Mexico.
Forest Service Partners