One goal of the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA) 2001 and 2004 Records of Decision was to protect and recover native Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) populations in the Sierra Nevada (USDA Forest Service 2001 p. 14). To accomplish this goal, the ROD commits the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service to completing a conservation assessment for the Sierra Nevada red fox in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies, as well as Tribal governments. This conservation assessment synthesizes the best available scientific information and thought concerning habitat relationships, population status and trends, historical and current distributions, and key threats potentially affecting the distribution, abundance and persistence of the Sierra Nevada red fox. Biologists and resource managers from the Forest Service, US Department of the Interior (USDI) National Park Service, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, University of California, and California Department of Fish and Game, along with private research scientists, worked cooperatively to develop this assessment. This conservation assessment provides a scientifically sound, comprehensive assessment of the status of the Sierra Nevada red fox population and its habitat. It identifies and evaluates key threats affecting viability and describes management considerations that could form the basis of a strategy to conserve and recover populations throughout the range of this species.
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