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Conservation priorities identified for Northwest amphibians and reptiles

Snapshot : At a reptile conservation conference, scientists and natural resource managers synthesized conservation concerns and priorities for 105 species of amphibians and reptiles in western Canada and the United States. They found 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.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Deanna Olson 
Research Location : Oregon, New Mexico
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 353

Summary

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

External Partners

 
  • USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service
  • BC Ministry of the Environment
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Montana Natural Heritage Program
  • Wyoming Natural Diversity Program
  • University of Wyoming
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Alberta Conservation Association
  • National Center for Conservation Science and Policy
  • E. Wind Consulting
  • Weyerhaeuser Co.
  • Longview Timberlands
  • Idaho State University
  • University of Alaska Southeast
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • Quest University, BC, Canada

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Wildlife and Fish
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