At-Risk Species

Developing solutions that meet the needs of working forests & the conservation of species

Issue

During the next 5 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will make determination rulings on 412 at-risk species in the southeast.  These rulings will have a significant impact on private and multi-generation family forest owners.

Both the economic value of working forests and the biological uniqueness of the region underscore the importance of Forest Landowner Association’s work on your behalf.

Impact

Ensuring forest owners “regulatory certainty” and minimizing financial burdens will be crucial as the USFWS wades through the 412 at-risk species determinations.

Through Forest Landowners Association’s Engagement Programs, we are addressing concerns by bringing the USFWS, NGOs and state fish and wildlife agencies together with forest landowners to establish trust and collaboration towards developing solutions that meet the needs of working forest, the conservation of species and contribute to landscape level solutions.

Action

  • Held the first ever meeting of all Southeast USFWS Ecological Field Representatives – those charged with writing at-risk species determinations and rule – with family members and representation of the largest forest landowners in the south to identify barriers and formulate solutions for the benefit of species conservation and meeting the needs of forest landowners.
  • Held Private Landowners Action Network, Forest Forums, and Timber Talks to engage forest stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to spur dialogue and information exchange between the USFWS and landowners impacted by upcoming and recent at-risk species rulings.
  • When the Louisiana pine snake proposed rule was published on October 6, 2016, it immediately generated questions among forest stakeholders in Louisiana and Texas. FLA quickly organized a PLAN call with the all levels of USFWS representatives involved in the LPS listing process to allow family forest stakeholders to ask questions or raise concerns directly with the USFWS in a small group collaborative atmosphere. A PLAN call was also held for Texas forest stakeholders.

Future Focus

Forest Landowners Association is committed to promoting effective and balanced legislative and administrative improvements to the ESA that support fish, wildlife, and plant populations as well as responsible land, water and resource management.

Our focus is on collaboration and solutions that reward the conservation of species and their habitats, not punish landowners for having endangered plants and animals on their property.