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wildlife recovery and management, please contact
the Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
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CCAA for the fisher in the State of Washington
Fisher Factsheet
Contacts
Gary Bell at 360-902-2412, or Gary.Bell@dfw.wa.gov
Jeff Azerrad at 360-696-6211 ext. 6754, or Jeffrey.Azerrad@dfw.wa.gov

The CCAA management zones for fishers in Washington as shown within the six areas outlined in black. The red ellipses represent candidate release sites for fishers in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Proposed Fisher Candidate Conservation
Agreement With Assurances (CCAA)

What is the Fisher Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA)?

  • The Fisher CCAA is a conservation agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). It is designed to promote the conservation of fishers in Washington while also addressing landowner concerns about potential regulatory restrictions that could result from having a species on their land that could be listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). 
  • Participating landowners agree to follow conservation measures detailed in the Fisher CCAA to protect fishers that may move onto their lands. In return, enrolled landowners will receive assurances that USFWS will not require additional conservation measures or land, water, or resource use restrictions beyond those voluntarily agreed to in the Fisher CCAA.

Who is potentially eligible to enroll in the fisher CCAA?

  • Any non-federal landowner who owns forested lands near Washington's Olympic Peninsula, South Cascades or North Cascades fisher recovery zones (see map).

When can a landowner enroll in the fisher CCAA?

  • The USFWS has approved the CCAA and WDFW is now enrolling landowners to participate in partnerships designed to protect and recover the fisher. Landowners can enroll in the CCAA any time prior to the point at which the species becomes listed under the Endangered Species Act; however, regardless of the federal listing status, WDFW seeks partnerships with landowners to help with conservation and recovery of the fisher.

Can CCAA enrollment continue if fishers are not federally listed?

  • Yes, enrollment for the Fisher CCAA will continue so long as the species is not listed as threatened or endangered in Washington state by USFWS. Fishers are considered a species of conservation concern and the species could become listed at some point in the future.

What assurances are provided to landowners enrolled in the fisher CCAA?

  • Landowners choosing to enroll in the CCAA will receive assurances that USFWS will not require additional conservation measures or land, water, or resource use restrictions beyond those they voluntarily agreed to under the Fisher CCAA.

What are the terms for landowners who enroll in the fisher CCAA in Washington?

  • Conservation measures included under the Fisher CCAA are outlined on Page 13 of the agreement. Those enrolled in the CCAA agree to:
    • Work with WDFW wildlife managers to monitor fishers and their dens in the event that a den site is found on their property;
    • Avoid harming or disturbing denning females and their young by limiting or preventing access and disturbance within 0.25 miles of known dens;
    • Protect denning females by prohibiting trapping and nuisance animal control activities within 2.5 miles of known occupied dens;
    • Cover large water troughs/containers on enrolled lands or install devices on water retention structures to prevent fishers from becoming entrapped;
    • Where landowners are interested and when supported by WDFW, allow fisher reintroductions in suitable habitat; and
    • Report den sites and sick, injured, or dead fishers on enrolled lands.
  • The conservation measures go into effect as soon as the landowner signs on as a participant to the Fisher CCAA and remain in effect for the term of the agreement regardless of whether or not the species becomes federally listed.

How does this CCAA benefit fishers?

  • WDFW has been engaged in a reintroduction program to reestablish fishers in their former range throughout western Washington since 2008. Landowners participating in the CCAA will be key partners in these efforts.
  • Since WDFW is actively recovering fishers through reintroductions, it is important that non-federal landowners continue to be supportive of these efforts. Fishers were reintroduced to the Olympic Peninsula from 2008-2010, releases are ongoing in the South Cascades, and releases are planned for the North Cascades in the next few years.
  • Washington's current fisher recovery efforts are aided by increased monitoring and communication opportunities with non-federal landowners that may have fishers using habitat on their lands.
  • Breeding fishers are protected from disturbance and direct harm while they are raising young.