Forest Resources / Endangered Species
Staff biologists in the Forest Resources / Endangered Species Branch work
with the Klamath National Forest
on implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan, and on other aspects of
management of threatened and endangered species. Staff also contribute technical
expertise in National Fire Plan implementation,
Northern Spotted Owl on Private Lands, and Yreka
Phlox Recovery Planning.
Northwest Forest Plan implementation
In 1994, the Record of Decision for the Northwest
Forest Plan (NWFP) was signed by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture
and Interior, establishing standards and guidelines for the management of
federal lands within the range of the northern spotted owl. The NWFP was
designed to provide long-term management of late-successional forest habitat
across the entire Pacific Northwest, and amended all existing National Forest
Land and Management Plans.
In 1995, to assist in implementation of the NWFP, the Fish
and Wildlife Service increased staffing throughout the Pacific Northwest
to coordinate the section 7 consultation process under the Endangered
Species Act. Staff biologists assist Forest Service biologists and project
planners in developing project design standards that minimize potential
effects on the northern spotted owl, the marbled murrelet, the bald eagle,
and on species listed in the "Survey and Manage" category under the NWFP.
Branch staff are also involved in development of Red Tree Vole management
measures, and in the Klamath National Forest's migratory bird monitoring
program, Sister Forest Program, National Fire Plan projects, and pre/post-treatment
monitoring programs. Additionally, the Jobs
in the Woods program is supported by NWFP funding.
October 16, 2008