Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

Under the 2012 Planning Rule, a species of conservation concern (SCC) is defined as “a species, other than Federally recognized threatened, endangered, proposed, or candidate species, that is known to occur in the plan area and for which the Regional Forester has determined that the best available scientific information indicates substantial concern about the species’ capability to persist over the long-term in the plan area.” These species are used to test plan components to ensure that revised management direction does not violate the National Forest Management Act’s requirements for maintaining species diversity. The Cibola has proposed an initial list of SCCs to the Regional Forester and received concurrence. The SCC list does not become final until the Record of Decision for the Cibola’s revised forest plan is signed.