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Program Contacts:
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Regional Program Leaders & Web Sites

Regional TES Sites:
R1 - Northern Region
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
R4 - Intermountain Region
R5 - Pacific Southwest Region
R6 - SS Sensitive Species
R9 - Eastern Region

Program Initiatives:
FS Carnivore Conservation
Every Species Counts!
Bats: Masters of the Night Skies
Great Plains TES Program

Kirtland's Warbler Recovery
Kirtland's Warbler - Numbers Up in Bahamas

Related FS Topic Areas:
Rare Plants
Fish and Wildlife Research
Planning to Support TES Recovery
Celebrating Wildflowers

Related Links:
US Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
US Fish & Wildlife Service Section 7 Consultation Handbook
NOAA Fisheries Endangered Species

Downloadable Documents:
Endangered Species Act
ESA Basics
Sec. 7 MOA Executive Summary
MOA Transmittal Letter
MOA Final

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Wildlife Ecology Unit

Endangered species on National Forest System lands are managed under the National Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species (TES) Program, and is supported by the National Botanical Ecology Unit, National Wildlife Ecology Unit, and National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.

The TES Program assists field biologists, other staff personnel and line officers to attain the Chief's priorities and managing TES resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective. This includes recovery of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, conservation of sensitive species and their habitats, and providing for the diversity of plant and animal communities on National Forest System lands.

Program Initiative examples include: Every Species Counts!, Carnivore Conservation, Great Plains TES Program, and Bats: Masters of the Night Sky. Initiatives are special emphasis activities done through a variety of habitat improvement, monitoring, analysis, conservation planning, and coordination with other resources. The intent of TES initiatives is to help the Forest Service and our partners accomplish specific recovery and conservation objectives for TES species and their habitats.

The TES Program includes management done for all threatened, endangered and designated sensitive species on National Forest System lands. Because TES species habitats are important for other species as well, close coordination is done with the Botany and Rare Plant, Fisheries, and Wildlife Programs, as well as with other Forest Service resource management programs.

TES Items of Interest:


Timely TES News:

  • Endangered Species Conservation Opportunities, FY 2008. Forest Service opportunities to recover and conserve listed and sensitive species on National Forests and Grasslands.
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  • The Carnivore Conservation Program web site includes information and resources on Canada Lynx, Wolverine and Fisher recovery and conservation efforts.


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Biological and Physical Resources (BPR)
Washington, D.C. Office
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator, BPR staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Publish Date: 9/17/21
Expires: none

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