Species of Conservation Concern

The Regional Forester identifies species of conservation concern (SCC) for Forest 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 selected are provided through links below that describe the SCC identification process.

Forest 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 National Forest and the Flathead National Forest.

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 a the forests' websites for additional information.

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

Flathead National Forest

Updated February 16, 2018

Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Currently considering public comment from 2014 scoping and recent forest public engagement. Regional Forester SCC information coming soon.

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Archive

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.