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NRA Specified Risk – Rare, Threatened, Endangered Species

Lesser Slender Salamander

The Lesser Slender Salamander’s distribution is restricted to the southern Santa Lucia Range of north-central San Luis Obispo County, CA, generally above 400m (1300ft). The species is considered to have been common historically but are now more difficult to find. No specific cause for this decline has been identified. The species was only fairly recently identified as being separate from other similar salamander species (via DNA analysis) in 2001.

This species appears to be associated with forests of mixed oak, tanbark oak, sycamore, and laurel. They are typically found in areas either with higher elevation or that are more mesic than other sites near their location. Frequently, these are in mesic canyons, where the individuals are found on shaded slopes in deep leaf litter. They are always found in areas that also include black-bellied slender salamanders but only occur in a small portion of this other species’ range.

MixedWood Mitigation Resources

MixedWood Fact Sheet (Electronic & Print)

Suitable for electronic and print distribution to suppliers, landowners, and interested stakeholders. Includes a general description of the Specified Risk subject with links to mitigation actions and additional information.

Current Version: v4.0
Revision Update: December 2022
Reviewed: December 2022

MixedWood Additional Resource Package

A collection of downloadable resources for information and mitigation recommendations.

Updated with new resources: 5/19/2020

FSC Mitigation Options & Resources
for Lesser Slender Salamander

FSC US has created a number of map-related resources to assist a certificate holder in determining if their supply area overlaps an area of specified risk. Click on the map below to view larger and to save for your own reference.

FSC offers spatial data layouts by request, as well as a list of counties that overlap specified risk areas. You can find more information about those here.

This document provides lists of organizations, regional programs, collaborative partnerships, research groups, and universities, or agencies who are working on issues relevant to the Lesser Slender Salamander. The documents are provided as resources for certified organizations as they seek to implement mitigation options. The lists will continue to be updated as new information is identified.

For a complete list of mitigation resources for multiple/all specified risks, you can read more here.

FSC released Controlled Wood Regional Meeting Reports for each region which can be found under each applicable region tab on our site. Ttabhese reports contain the final mitigation options, along with background information on the Regional Meetings and the mitigation option development process. They are meant to assist a certificate holder in implementing control measures and mitigation options.

MixedWood created a PDF document excerpt of Annex 2 and Annex 3 from these Regional Meeting Reports for each Specified Risk.

– Annex 2 lists Mitigation Options by Specified Risk Topic

– Annex 3 provides a Specified Risk Overview, why FSC designated each as a High Conservation Value (HCV), in-depth identified threats and concerns, and more information about what FSC would like to achieve with your help.

Download Annex 2: Mitigation Options and Annex 3: Specified Risk Overview for Lesser Slender Salamander

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