Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species

Threatened and endangered species are species officially designated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service because the viability or continuation of the species' population is at risk. Protection and enhancement of these listed species and their habitat is required under the Endangered Species Act. Habitat quality or quantity is often a major reason for a species decline and it is incumbent on the Forest to insure management actions on the forest do not contribute further to a listed species decline. It is also the Forest's responsibility to implement recovery actions identified in Recovery Plans within the Forest's jurisdictional responsibilities.

Sensitive species are those species whose populations are of some concern because of overall declines or risks from land management activities on the Forest. These species are designated by the Regional Forester and require that management activities do not contribute to declines in the species that might affect population viability. The current Southwest Region Sensitive Species list was approved in 2000. Work is currently in progress on a revised list.

Species of concern are species included in the Forest sensitive species list that may also be assessed for project activities because of concern for a species habitat or because species may be affected by certain activities that may occur on the Forest. These species have no official designation, but are considered where projects may affect important habitat for the species.

In addition to a list of current sensitive species, species abstracts or narratives on species requirements and locations on the Tonto National Forest are also available for viewing or download.

Sensitive Species of the Tonto National Forest (.pdf - 96kb)

Sensitive Species Abstracts (.pdf - 523kb)