Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program

Bureau of Land Management / US Forest Service
Oregon / Washington

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Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program

Bureau of Land Management / US Forest Service
Oregon / Washington

Agency personnel dealing with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) special status species and Forest Service (FS) sensitive species are responsible for knowing and following state and federal scientific collection permit and annual reporting systems, which differ for different types of plants and animals and by state and agency. State agencies manage the wildlife on all lands so permits may be required for federal employees conducting official work on federal lands. The links and information provided here DO NOT apply to species listed as federally Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which are under the jurisdiction of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (for more information see http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ ). Federal Candidate species receive no statutory protection under the federal ESA, but may receive special protections under state laws.

BLM and FS personnel should check the following sources for further information.

Federal Agencies

Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. Department of the Interior)

As authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits to qualified applicants for the following types of activities: falconry, raptor propagation, scientific collecting, special purposes (rehabilitation, educational, migratory game bird propagation, and salvage), take of depredating birds, taxidermy, and waterfowl sale and disposal.

Bureau of Land Management (US Dept. of Interior)

  • Wildlife: Follow the state regulations and USFWS migratory bird regulations for collection permits - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ePermits
  • Plants: When a species is also a "special forest product," a special forest product permit is required. These permits for commercial collecting are sold for a fee while personal use permits are free. Collecting is prohibited in Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and in Research Natural Areas.

USDA Forest Service (US Dept. of Agriculture)

  • Wildlife: Follow the state regulations and USFWS migratory bird regulations for collection permits - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ePermits
  • Plants:
    • "Bio-prospecting" permits on Forest Service lands are free and are for small collection amounts for research/academia. Contact the Forest Botanist in the National Forest in which you wish to collect. If the requestor wishes to collect from more than one National Forest, ask the Forest Botanists if one permit coordinated through the R6 Regional Forest Service Office can be issued.
    • When a species is also a "special forest product," a special forest product permit is required. Permits for larger amounts, for either personal or commercial use, have a $20.00 minimum charge. For "special forest product" information, contact the District Ranger or Forest Supervisor’s Office in the area you wish to collect and ask for the person in charge of special forest products.
    • Collecting specimens in Primitive, Wilderness, Research Natural, Botanical, or Scenic Areas or Forest Service Campgrounds or Picnic Areas is prohibited.

National Park Service (US Dept. of Interior)

  • Wildlife & Plants: Collecting of any kind, except berry picking for personal use, is prohibited in National Parks without collection permits, which may be issued for research purposes in special cases. To make collections for scientific purposes in National Parks, contact the individual park offices.