Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Strategy (SSNFCS)

Introduction:

Image of Fisher on hind legs at the base of a tree. Image of a small fisher in between two tree trunks.

There are a number of research and management efforts underway to ensure the persistence of the Pacific fisher, an Endangered Species Act Candidate species. This group is working to synthesize key information on the species’ biology, effects of management actions, and relevant policies to create a conservation strategy for fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada. While strong foundational pieces have been developed for the West Coast fisher Distinct Population Segment, there is a critical need to specifically address the conservation and management needs for the unique and isolated population of Pacific Fisher in the Southern Sierra Nevada.

The goal of this effort is to help conserve and sustain the fisher population in the southern Sierra Nevada by developing a Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Strategy for use by agencies, other land managers, researchers, and others. The SSFCSP is designed to meet the needs of agencies with an interest in the Pacific Fisher in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Current Project Status

Picture of forested wildlife habitatThe Fisher Technical Team (FTT) and its Leader, Wayne Spencer of the Conservation Biology Institute, have finalized the Conservation Assessment, a synthesis of the latest science regarding the southern Sierra Nevada fisher and its habitat. The FTT has also completed Version 1.0 of the Conservation Strategy. The Strategy authors also developed a document entitled "Implementation of the Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Strategy: Note from the Authors (March 2017)". This document describes some aspects of the Conservation Strategy that should not be applied in the near term, as the team continues to work to improve the Strategy. It also describes aspects of the Strategy that remain relevant, and makes suggestions for incorporating these aspects into project design and analysis. In efforts to improve the Strategy, the FTT continues to work to address additional research and analytical tasks outlined in the strategy, particularly to develop habitat resiliency metrics and targets and associated conservation measures. In addition, the FTT continues to work to improve habitat suitability models and associated tools.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled.

Past Events

Resiliency Working Group meeting: January 26-27, 2016

Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Working Group Meeting: October 22-23, 2015

Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Working Group Meeting: January 26, 2015

Fisher Interagency Leadership Team meeting: Sept 30, 2014

  • materials from this meeting available below

Fisher Technical Team and Manager meeting: Aug 1, 2014

Fisher Technical Team Meeting # 2: Jan 28, 2014

Public Meeting #1:
Dec. 3, 2013

  • **materials from this meeting are available below

Fisher Technical Team Meeting #1:
Nov. 12-13, 2013.

Documents and Materials

Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Strategy Version 1.0

Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher Conservation Assessment

*October 2014 Project Update Presentation

**Public Meeting 1 Agenda

**Public Meeting 1 Powerpoint Presentation

**Public Meeting 1 Notes

Project Charter

Key Contacts

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