Endangered Species Act
Listed Species Important to the Western Oregon Plan Revisions
The Northern Spotted Owl was first listed on June 26, 1990. It is currently designated as Threatened in its entire range (CA, OR, WA, Canada B.C.). In May 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final recovery plan for the northern spotted owl. Also, the Fish and Wildlife Service is revising its 1992 critical habitat designation for this species. That proposed rule has also been issued for public review. The BLM's western Oregon plan revision is consistent with the northern spotted owl recovery plan and designated critical habitat.
The marbled murrelet is a small seabird that spends most of its time in the marine environment and nests in forests along the Pacific Coast. The marbled murrelet was first listed in October 1992. It is currently designated as "Threatened" in the U.S.A. (CA, OR, WA). In July 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to revise the critical habitat designation for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The final revised critical habitat designation is scheduled to be made by December 2008.
The BLM’s Proposed Resource Management Plan will be consistent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's final recovery plans and critical habitat designations for the marbled murrelet. Consistent with the Marbled Murrelet Recovery Plan, the BLM’s final plan increases habitat for the marbled murrelet.
Within the western Oregon planning area are eight evolutionarily significant units for anadromous fish populations that are listed and/or proposed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Recovery plans for the eight anadromous fish populations are in progress and are expected to be available for use in the plan revision. Under section 4 of the ESA, NOAA fisheries has designated critical habitat for evolutionaryily significant units within the western Oregon planning area.
Western Snowy Plover
The Western snowy plover was first listed on March 05, 1993. It is currently designated as Threatened in the U.S.A. (CA, OR, WA), Mexico (within 50 miles of Pacific coast). The critical habitat for this population is resticted to coastal beaches and sand dunes.
Collaboration with the Services
The BLM has worked closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in the preparation of the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. These letters document the state of this collaboration, addressing the habitat needs of federally listed species in the Plan Revisions.