Conservation Management Guidelines

Conservation Management Guidelines

Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s lands have been sorted into categories based on their importance for conservation and the appropriate management strategy.

Conservation Resources – Native Species Habitat, Water Resources – LNR 402/407

 

Class Name

Class Definition: May have one, all, or a combination of conservation values

Management Strategy

 

C-1: High Conservation Resources

 

·         High level of native biological resources, native ecosystem intactness, and/or recovery potential;

·         Essential to the conservation and/or recovery of native species;

·         Important restoration areas, such as rare ecosystem remnants, native wildlife habitat, wetlands, and offshore islands;

·         High degree of conservation related regulatory encumbrances – critical habitat, restricted watershed, conservation easements and/or zoning;

·         High watershed conservation value per CWRM, USGS, BWS, and/or DOFAW.

 

·         Intensive management applied, as necessary, to protect watershed values, and native species and ecosystems, as resources permit;

·         Management may include animal exclusion fencing, predator control, vegetation/weed control;

·         Work may include out-planting of native vegetation and reintroduction of native wildlife, as needed.

C-2: Medium Conservation Resources

 

 

·         Moderate level of native biological diversity and/or native ecosystem intactness;

·         Contributes to the conservation and/or recovery of native species (i.e. T&E / native species habitat, water resources);

·         Medium degree of conservation related regulatory encumbrances;

·         Medium watershed conservation value.

 

·         Management activities to control priority threats and improve watershed, native species or ecosystem outcomes;

·         Work may include out-planting of native vegetation and reintroduction of native wildlife, as needed.

·         Other uses may include forest products gathering, hiking, and liberal hunting.

C-3: Low Conservation Resources

 

 

·         Low level of native biological diversity and/or native ecosystem intactness;

·         Low conservation and/or recovery of native species but may contribute to conservation (i.e. individual or small clusters of rare plants; genetic collection);

·         Low degree of conservation related regulatory encumbrances;

·         May have low watershed conservation value.

 

·         Native species management occurs mostly in remnant patches and fenced units;

·         Mixed use area with forest products gathering, hunting and non-hunting recreation, as appropriate.

C-4: Little to No Conservation Resources

 

 

·         Little to no native biological diversity and/or native ecosystems highly degraded or absent;

·         Little to no contribution to the conservation and/or recovery of native species;

·         Very little or no conservation related regulatory encumbrances;

·         May have low watershed conservation value.

 

·         Area managed for a variety of uses not appropriate for more pristine environments, including timber harvest, regulated hunting and more intensive non-hunting recreation (hiking, equestrian and/or off-road vehicles).