Thursday, August 17, 2006
Steamboat Springs The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changing its management indicator species list in the Routt National Forest.
The list currently contains 24 species of birds and mammals that were selected for monitoring to assess how Forest Service actions affect them and their habitat.
The proposed change would reduce that number to six species. Removing the species is necessary because of indications that some of the species are not meaningful indicators of management activities, and others have proven too difficult to monitor, officials said.
The amendment would help ensure that the appropriate monitoring is feasible and useful, not redundant, officials said. The proposed action would require an amendment to the Resource Management Plan 1997 Revision, or Forest Plan.