Department of Agriculture / Department of the Interior

Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management

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Interagency - Pacific Northwest

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Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP)

Conservation Planning Documents

Candidate Species Assessments and Listing Priority Assignments

Candidate Species Assessments and Listing Priority Assignments are conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Service has sufficient information on their biological status and threats to propose them as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but for which development of a listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities.

The Candidate Conservation Program provides a means for conserving these species. Early conservation preserves management options, minimizes the cost of recovery, and reduces the potential for restrictive land use policies in the future. Effective candidate conservation may reverse the species' decline, ultimately eliminating the need for ESA protection.

This section includes the species assessments completed for Candidate species, but additional species information may be found at