Protected Species

ATFS Standard 5, Performance Measure 5.1
Forest management activities shall protect habitats and communities occupied by threatened or endangered species as required by law.
Indicator 5.1.1
Landowner shall confer with natural resource agencies, state natural resource heritage programs, qualified natural resource professionals or review other sources of information to determine occurrences of threatened or endangered species on the property and their habitat requirements.
Indicator 5.1.2
Forest management activities shall incorporate measures to protect identified threatened or endangered species on the property.

 North Carolina is home to 69 threatened and endangered species or species of concern. The agencies below maintain statewide lists of these plant and animal species and information on their habitat requirements. For information about species that might be present on your Tree Farm search by county here.

The Natural Heritage Program maintains information on state and federal threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, habitats of particular conservation concern and stewardship actions designed to benefit these important natural resources. On their website you can find:

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. On their website you can find the following about protected species:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  makes certain rare and imperiled species get the protection they need – through listing them to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, working to recover them; and reviewing certain projects to minimize or eliminate impacts to listed species. USFWS maintains a database of listed species that is searchable by state, species or county.   On their website you can find the following about protected species: