A model for community-based forestry: Integrating wildlife conservation into local land use decisions on the California Hoopa Valley Reservation and other important fisher habitat

Project #: 1795  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

This project has been working for policy change and improvement of the Hoopa Tribe’s Forest Management Plan and to host a field-based workshop that will enable Tribal and CA biologists and foresters to more effectively identify critical elements of forest structure for fisher across the over 12.9 million acres of fisher habitat in the Pacific states.

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Location (by county):
Humboldt County (CA), Trinity County (CA)

Watersheds:
Lower Klamath, Mad-Redwood, Trinity

Congressional Districts:
CA District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Southwest Region

Project size:
294104.5 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation Yes

Full Project Description

This project has been working for policy change and improvement of the Hoopa Tribe’s Forest Management Plan and to host a field-based workshop that will enable Tribal and CA biologists and foresters to more effectively identify critical elements of forest structure for fisher across the over 12.9 million acres of fisher habitat in the Pacific states.

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Funding

Demographic monitoring of long-lived wildlife species to assess impacts of anthropogenic habitat change requires several years of consistent data collection. This project has no single source of consistent funding and relies on annual grant opportunities and generous private contributions to raise the $250,000 required annually.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

Conserving a viable population of fisher and fisher habitat on the Hoopa Valley Reservation and throughout the Pacific range of fisher
Progress:

Taking the data collected over an ongoing research project we are working with the Hoopa Tribe to make changes to their forest management plan to better conserve critical habitat elements and we will conduct a field-based workshop with foresters and biologists from the Hoopa Tribe and CA Departments of Fish and Game and Forestry to assist them in identifying possible fisher rest and den structures for their conservation during timber management activities.

Consistent with plans:

Local Land Use Plan
Forest Plan
Species Recovery Plan
Conservation Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer

Targeted species:

  • Fisher - West Coast Distinct Population Segment Martes pennanti pop. 1

Actions

Project Actions
Avoid crop or timber harvest in sensitive habitats Show/Hide details
Develop a wildlife management plan Show/Hide details
Stewardship agreement Show/Hide details
Vertebrate monitoring Show/Hide details
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Assistance

Direct Funding
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
Unisense Foundation (Foundation) Show/Hide details
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Foundation) Show/Hide details
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
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Patagonia (Company/Business) Show/Hide details
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (Other) Show/Hide details
Technical Assistance
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In-Kind Contribution
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

We intend to monitor the fisher population in Hoopa long-term to determine the impacts of our forest management recommendations on fisher survival and fecundity. We will also measure success by the number of forest managers we are able to extend our recommendations to through our workshop, reports, scientific publications, and presentations at professional societies.

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

Monitoring the survival and fecundity of long-lived wildlife populations provide the greatest insights into the impacts of large scale habitat change. However, garnering consistent support and the reliable financial resources required is extremely challenging.

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Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Mark Higley  (Wildlife Biologist)
Hoopa Valley Tribe
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Partners

  • Hoopa Valley Tribe
  • Integral Ecology Research Center
  • Humboldt State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Redwood Sciences Laboratory
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata and Yreka Field Offices
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • Green Diamond Resource Company
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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