Species of Conservation Concern

The Regional Forester identifies species of conservation concern (SCC) for land management plans developed under the 2012 planning rule.  SCC are species for which the Regional Forester has substantial concern regarding their long-term persistence in the plan area. All SCC must be native and known to occur in the plan area. Additional information about how SCC are defined and identified is provided through links below that describe the SCC identification process.

Land management plans approved under the 2012 planning rule must provide the ecological conditions necessary for long-term persistence of SCC, within the authority of the Forest Service and the inherent capability of the land.  An SCC list may be updated at any point during the planning process. Currently, SCC have been identified for the Helena – Lewis and Clark, Custer Gallatin, Flathead, and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

How You Can Engage

It's important we leverage expertise of the public, including local, State, Tribal, and other Federal natural resource agencies, when identifying species of conservation concern. Opportunities for public and governmental agencies to participate are offered with each Forest's revision efforts, beginning with assessment and continuing through final decision. Please visit the forests' websites for additional information.

This FAQ (updated May 2020) provides information and answers to common questions and comments we've received regarding SCC identification during all the revision efforts.

Lolo National Forest

Updated June 9, 2023

The Lolo National Forest Potential SCC Lists are available for public review and comment from Friday, June 9, 2023 until Saturday, July 8, 2023. Visit the Lolo Planning Hub collaboration page for instructions on commenting. 

Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest

Updated February 19, 2021

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Updated April 22, 2021

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Updated December 20, 2019

Flathead National Forest

Updated April 22, 2021


We continue to reevaluate SCC information throughout the planning process. Previous documentation provided at earlier stages in each forest's revision effort can be found here.

Adult Black Swift Photo of a sparrow's-egg lady's-slipper, an orchid species on the Species of Conservation Concern list. Flammulated owl chick Flammulated owl adult Greater Sage Grouse photo Photo of a yellow lady's-slipper, an orchid species on the Species of Conservation Concern list.