Endangered species on National Forest System lands are managed under the National Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species (TES) Program, and is supported by the National Botanical Ecology Unit, National Wildlife Ecology Unit, and National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.
The TES Program assists field biologists, other staff personnel and line officers to attain the Chief's priorities and managing TES resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective. This includes recovery of threatened and endangered species and their habitats, conservation of sensitive species and their habitats, and providing for the diversity of plant and animal communities on National Forest System lands.
Program Initiative examples include: Every Species Counts!, Carnivore Conservation, Great Plains TES Program, and Bats: Masters of the Night Sky. Initiatives are special emphasis activities done through a variety of habitat improvement, monitoring, analysis, conservation planning, and coordination with other resources. The intent of TES initiatives is to help the Forest Service and our partners accomplish specific recovery and conservation objectives for TES species and their habitats.
The TES Program includes management done for all threatened, endangered and designated sensitive species on National Forest System lands. Because TES species habitats are important for other species as well, close coordination is done with the Botany and Rare Plant, Fisheries, and Wildlife Programs, as well as with other Forest Service resource management programs.
Kirtland's Warbler Recovery
Kirtland's Warbler - Numbers Up in Bahamas
WNS - White-nose Syndrome and Bat Conservation
Much general, technical and practical information on how White Nose Syndrome is killing bats, and what can be done to minimize the spread of WNS, can be found at the Fish & Wildlife Service site.
Endangered Species Conservation Opportunities, FY 2008. Forest Service opportunities to recover and conserve listed and sensitive species on National Forests and Grasslands.
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Bat Survey Needs Associated with Facility Disposal - letter and enclosures
Comments/Experience included from Dennis Krusac (2006)
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Forest Service designated Sensitive Species (286 KB pdf) on the National Forests & Grasslands, and related summary information.
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T&E Species summary, by species group, on the National Forests & Grasslands
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Number of T&E Species on NFS lands, 1967-2007
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TEP Species, USDA Forest Service, 2008
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The Carnivore Conservation Program web site includes information and resources on Canada Lynx, Wolverine and Fisher recovery and conservation efforts.
USDI Fish and Wildlife Service's Conservation Issues Web site Wildfire, the Endangered Species Act, and Human Safety. In particular, see Sec. Norton's August 20, 2001 memo, and the 1995 FWS memo on this topic. Forest Service policies on fire suppression, and how such activities relate to the ESA: ID_2670-2003-2.
Healthy Forests Initiative includes using Endangered Species Act procedures to support and expedite resource management decisions. The ESA Consultation Counterpart Regulations were published on December 8, 2003. An Alternative Consultation Agreement (ACA) was approved by the Forest Service, FWS and NMFS on March 3, 2003. A Frequently Asked Questions document and contacts for Counterpart Regulations implementation is available.
See the WFW Continuing Education for Resource Professionals site for training opportunities.
ESA Counterpart Regulation Training (actual training is on BLM WWW system)
The above link is for informational purposes only. The web-based training was established May 2004, and Forest Service personnel should access the training module and the certification exam at the DOI Learn site. Please do not take the certification exam if you are not a Forest Service or BLM employee qualified to use the Counterpart Regulations. The certification exam is only available through the DOI Learn intranet site, and the exam can only be accessed after taking the training on that site.
As of November, 2009, 961 Forest Service personnel had been trained and certified to use the ESA Counterpart Regulations.
TES Items of Interest: