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Southern Sierra Fisher Conservation

There are a number of research and management efforts underway to ensure the persistence of this Endangered Species Act Candidate species. This effort will aggregate key pieces of information in terms of biology and policy to create a Conservation Strategy for fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. 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 of the Pacific Fisher in the Southern Sierra Nevada. The goal of this effort is to produce a final, geographically specific, “all lands” Conservation Strategy. It is anticipated that the Conservation Strategy will establish the foundation for a Candidate Conservation Agreement in the form of an MOU between the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The teams and process will include representation of agencies, organizations and individuals with an interest in the Pacific Fisher. The teams will reach out to and communicate regularly with others with an interest in the Pacific Fisher in the southern Sierra, and provide different ways for them to get involved in the development of the conservation strategy. This project is in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Region 5 and other interested agencies and stakeholders.

The development of the strategy will involve various agencies and stakeholders in a Fisher Inter-Agency Leadership Team (FIALT); a Fisher Technical Team (FTT); a Science Consistency Review Team (SCRT); and a Fisher Core Management Team (FCMT). There is also an element of communication with the general public. The SNC is involved in the public involvement component as well as the Fisher Core Management Team. The project was initiated following a meeting about the state of the fisher facilitated by the SNC, after which the USFS requested continued SNC staffing support. The work is focused in the southern Sierra Nevada, particularly around the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests, and Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as some privately owned forested lands. For More Information: Weblink coming soon

The SNC leads, supports or participates in a wide range of local and regional collaborations striving to achieve the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic health in our Sierra forests and the communities to which they are connected.

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