The Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management Act, and regulatory language issued pursuant to these statutes demonstrate the American publics’ concern over conservation of biological diversity. As a result, land managers are required to consider the needs of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species (TES species) on federal lands, including special habitat features that are required for maintaining persistent populations; this information is especially important in light of changing climates.
In the absence of information on these species and their habitats, agencies frequently err on the side of the species and make conservative, and often unnecessary, decisions relative to habitat protection. Lack of information also can result in administrative appeals to management plans, lawsuits, and other administrative hurdles that limit the ability of land managers to achieve their mission.
Land managers require high-quality information on species and habitats at risk to develop effective management strategies. Specific research questions of interest include:
Scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station are addressing these manager needs through a variety of projects. Many of these studies result in management recommendations and strategies for a suite of species at risk. Other outcomes include: