To comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule for listing the West Coast Distinct Population Segment of Fisher Species as Threatened, click here:!submitComment;D=FWS-R8-ES-2014-0041-0148


  1. Please list the West Coast population of the Pacific fisher as threatened. Well-documented scientific studies indicate that the logging of late-successional forests—the preferred habitat of the Pacific fisher—is the chief culprit behind the species' steep decline. Logging activities in the Sierra Nevada have stripped large portions of the landscape of the large trees, snags, downed logs, and multi-layered canopies that shelter the animal. On both private and federal lands, habitat loss has led to the likely extirpation of the fisher in all but a few remaining areas. Listing the species as threatened will help preserve the habitat needed for the fisher to make a comeback.
  2. I urge you to list the Pacific fisher West Coast population as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As you know, logging and other activities (most recently including illegal backwoods marijuana grows) have led to a steep fisher decline. The species needs help before it disappears forever from California.
  3. Please take steps to protect the Pacific fisher. Logging throughout the Sierra Nevada has destroyed specific fisher habitats while favoring "generalist" species such as gray fox and striped skunk that displace and compete with the fisher. Listing the fisher as threatened will help protect the late-successional forest the fisher needs to survive and give it a chance to compete.



Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places