Oldgrowth specklebelly (Pseudocyphellaria rainierensis) is a leafy lichen, typically found growing on amabilis fir trees, in close association with yellow cedar, in old-growth rainforests of western North America.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) designated oldgrowth specklebelly as Special Concern due to the loss of old-growth forests. As well, the species has low dispersal ability and is restricted to nutrient hotspots such as dripzones under old yellow-cedars, toe slope positions, and sheltered seaside forests. It is listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, oldgrowth specklebelly is ranked S2S3 (imperiled to vulnerable) by the B.C. Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks oldgrowth specklebelly as a priority 2 under goals 1 and 3 (1 = contribute to global efforts for species and ecosystem conservation; 3 = maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems).
The greatest current threat is from logging and wood harvesting.
The management goal is to maintain all known extant populations and any future populations of oldgrowth specklebelly that may be found in British Columbia.
The following management objectives will guide work in the near term:
1. to secure long-term protection1 for the known populations and habitats of oldgrowth specklebelly;
2. to determine the levels of real and potential threats to this species and its habitat and to mitigate their effects; and
3. to confirm the distribution of oldgrowth specklebelly (including new locations) and to reliably determine population trends through monitoring.
B.C. Ministry of Environment. 2015. Management Plan for Oldgrowth Specklebelly (Pseudocyphellaria rainierensis) in British Columbia. Province of B.C.. Management Plan (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Pseudocyphellaria rainierensis
English Name: Oldgrowth specklebelly
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