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Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

Species of conservation concern are those plant and animal species whose long-term persistence within a national forest or grassland is of known conservation concern. The 2012 Planning Rule requires that to be identified as an SCC, a species must be “known to occur in the plan area” and that the regional forester identify the species of conservation concern for which "the best available scientific information indicates substantial concern about the species’ capability to persist over the long term in the plan area."

The WFWARP Planning Program provides support to Regions as they identify SCCs as part of their planning process. After SCCs are identified the program also participates in review of Land Management Plan objection issues associated with Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) identification. The following resources may aid those working to identify SCC.

SCC Identification Resources: