Species Evaluations and Rationales

 White-Tailed Prairie Dog

In 2003, the procedure and criteria for designating Regional Forester sensitive species underwent a substantive revision and update as one component of the Region's "Species Conservation Project" initiative at the time. The update was designed to incorporate the best science and data available into a repeatable, qualitative evaluation of viability risk for species, with the primary goal to identify those plants and animals needing special attention in Forest Service planning and management.

To develop and update the Regional Forester's sensitive species list, internal and external experts prepared succinct evaluations of each species. Based on one or more of these evaluations, a recommendation was prepared documenting the status of the species as: 1) R2 Sensitive; 2) Not R2 Sensitive, but should be considered for other emphasis species lists; 3) Not R2 Sensitive and not of concern; or 4) Insufficient information available to make a recommendation.

 


 

Amphibians

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Birds

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Fishes

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Insects

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Mammals

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Mollusks

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Reptiles

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Dicots

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Monocots

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Ferns and Fern Allies

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Gymnosperms

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales

 

Nonvascular

 

Evaluations

 

Rationales