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 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.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Humboldt County, CA
Project Size:
  • 294104.5 acres

Project Sites

  • Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation

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

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Avoid crop or timber harvest in sensitive habitats Ongoing Management 2009 2024
Develop a wildlife management plan Proposed 2009 2011
Stewardship agreement Proposed 2009 2011
Vertebrate monitoring In Progress 2004 2011
Research In Progress 2004 2011
Education Proposed 2009 2011


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

Monitoring Activities
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.

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions 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.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

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

Contact Information

Mark Higley (Wildlife Biologist)
Hoopa Valley Tribe

General Information

Project #: 1795
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


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


WCS and Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisher Project

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