Oregon Forestsnail (Allogona townsendiana) was designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) because the species is restricted to a very small area of the southwestern British Columbia (B.C.) mainland and southern Vancouver Island. Populations are severely fragmented with continuing declines observed in extent of occurrence and quality of habitat due mainly to urban development. It is listed as Endangered in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In B.C., Oregon Forestsnail is ranked S2 (Endangered) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks Oregon Forestsnail as a priority 1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible.
Oregon Forestsnail is a large, hermaphroditic land snail endemic to western North America. The shell of mature individuals is pale brown or straw yellow, round and flattened in form, and ranges from 28 to 35 mm in diameter. The Oregon Forestsnail in Canada is at the northern limits of its geographical range, and consequently may possess unique adaptations...
...Oregon Forestsnail occupies mixedwood and deciduous forest habitat, typically dominated by bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), and scattered western redcedar (Thuja plicata)...
...The population and distribution goal is to maintain current (and new) populations and supporting habitat for Oregon Forestsnail throughout the species' natural range and distribution in British Columbia.
The recovery objectives for Oregon Forestsnail are:
1.To identify and prioritize important Oregon Forestsnail habitat throughout the species' range in B.C.
2.To secure protection for Oregon Forestsnail habitats within the species' range.
3.To assess and reduce threats at all known sites in B.C.
4.To address knowledge gaps
Oregon Forestsnail Recovery Team. 2012. Recovery Plan for Oregon Forestsnail. Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: COSEWIC, British Columbia, B.C., southwestern, southern Vancouver Island, mainland, Conservation Data Centre , CDC, B.C. Conservation Framework, Species at Risk Act, SARA, S2, Endangered, bigleaf maple, black cottonwood, western red cedar
Scientific Name: Allogona townsendiana
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-7726-6
English Name: Oregon Forestsnail
Other Identifier: QL430.5 P6 O73 2012, 333.95'5716, C2012-980180-1
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