Indicator Species

Management indicator species definition: any species of plant or animal that has been identified as a representative for a group of species with special habitat requirements.

Habitat or Ecosystem Component CWHR Type(s) defining the habitat or ecosystem component ¹ Sierra Nevada Forests Management Indicator Species
Scientific Name
Riverine & Lacustrine lacustrine (LAC) and riverrine (RIV) aquatic macroinvertebrates
Riparian montane riparian (MRI), valley foothill riparian (VRI) yellow warbler
Dendroica petechia
Wet Meadow Wet meadow (WTM), freshwater emergent wetland (FEW) Pacifc tree frog
Pseudacris regilla
Early Seral Coniferous Forest ponderosa pine (PPN), Sierran mixed conifer (SMC), white fir (WFR), red fir (RFR), eastside pine (EPN), tree sizes 1, 2, and 3, all canopy closures Mountain quail
Oreortyx pictus
Mid Seral Coniferous ponderosa pine (PPN), Sierran mixed conifer (SMC), white fir (WFR), red fir (RFR), eastside pine (EPN), tree size 4, all canopy closures Mountain quail
Oreortyx pictus
Late Seral Open Canopy Coniferous Forest ponderosa pine (PPN), Sierran mixed conifer (SMC), white fir (WFR), red fir (RFR), eastside pine (EPN), tree size 5, canopy closures S and P Sooty (blue) grouse
Dendragapus obscurus
Late Seral Closed Canopy Coniferous Forest ponderosa pine (PPN), Sierran mixed conifer (SMC), white fire (WFR), red fir (RFR), tree size 5 (canopy closures M and D), and tree size 6 California spotted owl
Strix occidentalis

American marten
Martes americana

Northern flying squirrel
Glaucomys sabrinus
Snags in Green Forest Medium and large snags in green forest hairy woodpecker
Picoides villosus
Snags in Burned Forest Medium and large snags in burned forest (stand-replacing fire) black-backed woodpecker
Picoides arcticus

¹ All CWHR size classes and canopy closures are included unless otherwise specified; dbh=diameter at breast height; Canopy Closure Classifications: S=Sparse Cover (10-24% canopy closure);P=Open Cover (25-39% canopy closure); M=Moderate Cover (40-59% canopy closure); D=Dense Cover (60-100% canopy closure);Tree size classes: 1 (Seedling)(‹1" dbh); 2 (Sapling)(1"-5.9" dbh); 3 (Pole)(6"-10.9" dbh); 4 (Smalltree)(11"-23.9" dbh); 5 (Medium/Large tree)(>24" dbh); 6 (Multi-layered tree) [In PPN and SMC] (Mayer and Laudenslayer 1988).

Source: U.S. Forest Service. 2008. Sierra Nevada Forests Bioregional Management Indicator Species (MIS) Report: Life history and analysis of Management Indicator Species of the 10 Sierra Nevada National Forests: Eldorado, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sequoia, Sierra, Stanislaus, and Tahoe National Forests and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, CA. January 2008.

 

LTBMU Sensitive Species

Sensitive Species Definition: any species of plant or animal that has been recognized by the Regional Forester to need special management in order to prevent them to become threatened or endangered.

Threatened or endangered are not listed and should be obtained from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Accipiter gentilis  northern goshawk

Antrozous pallidus  Pallid bat

Bombus occidentalis  western bumble bee

Corynorhinus townsendii  Townsend's big-eared bat

Empidonax trailii  Willow flycatcher

Gila bicolor pectinifer  Lahontan Lake tui chub

Gulo gulo luteus  California wolverine

Haliaeetus leucocephalus  Bald Eagle

Helisoma newberryi newberryi  Great Basin rams-horn (snail)

Martes caurina  American marten

Myotis thysanodes  Fringed Myotis

Strix occidentalis occidentalis  California spotted owl

Strix nebulosa  Great gray owl

Rana sierrae  Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog

 

Source: 
United States Department of Agriculture (2007). Region 5 Sensitive Species List (October 15, 2007 Revision). U.S. Forest Service, Region 5, San Francisco, CA.

 

Plants, Moss, Lichen & Fungi

 

Plants

Arabis tiehmii  Tiehm's rockcress

Arabis rigidissima var. demota  Galena Creek rockcress

Botrychium ascendens  unswept moonwort

Botrychium crenulatum  scalloped moonwort

Botrychium lineare  slender moonwort

Botrychium lunaria common moonwort

Botrychium minganense  Mingan moonwort

Botrychium montanum  western goblin

Bruchia bolanderi  Bolander's candle moss

Draba asterophora var. asterophora  Tahoe draba

Draba asterophora var. macrocarpa  Cup Lake draba

Epilobium howellii  subalpine fireweed

Erigeron miser  starved daisy

Eriogonum umbellatum var. torreyanum  Donner Pass buckwheat

Hulsea brevifolia  short-leaved hulsea

Lewisia kelloggii ssp. hutchisonii  Hutchison's lewisia

Lewisia kelloggii ssp. kelloggii  Kellogg's lewisia

Lewisia longipetala  long-petaled lewisia

Peltigera hydrothyria  veined water lichen

Rorippa subumbellata  Tahoe yellowcress

 

Moss

Helodium blandowii  Blandow's bog moss

Meesia triquetra  three-ranked hump-moss

Meesia uliginosa  broad-nerved hump-moss

 

Lichen

Peltigera hydrothyria  veined water lichen

 

Fungi

Dendrocollybia racemosa  branched collybia



 

Source: 
United States Department of Agriculture, Region 5 Sensitive Species List (Amended 2006). US Forest Service, Region 5, Vallejo, CA.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). 1982. Environmental thresholds carrying capacities for the Lake Tahoe Region. Roundhill, NV.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). 1987. Regional plan forthe Lake Tahoe Basin: code of ordinances, rules of procedure. Chapters 78 - 79.

 

LTBMU Species of Interest

 

Plants

Arabis rectissima var. simulans  Washoe tall rockcress

 

Moss

Meesia longiseta  long-stalked hump-moss

Myurella julacea  Myurella moss

Orthotrichum praemorsum  Orthotrichum moss

Orthotrichum shevockii  Shevock's moss

Orthotrichum spjutii  Spjut's bristlemoss

Pohlia tundrae  Tundrae pohlia moss

Sphagnum spp.  Sphagnum

 

Source: 
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Listing status of special status plant species in the Lake TahoeBasin (October 2006). US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, South Lake Tahoe, CA).

 

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