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.
The current list of species designated as Regional Forester sensitive can be found on the page. The plants and animals addressed here on the current page are the ones that either did not meet the criteria for sensitive, or in a few cases are former sensitive species that have since been removed from the list based on new information.