Native Species

The forests of the Clearwater provide habitat for species like northern goshawk, fisher, wolverine, lynx, wolves, Bull trout and herds of elk, deer and mountain goats, as well as clean water and air for human communities in the lower Clearwater and beyond. If we are to pass this natural heritage to future generations, we need to recognize that the highly erodible soils, critical fish and wildlife habitat and watershed integrity must take precedence.

In 2001, the World Wildlife Fund issued a study completed by Carroll et. al (2001) Carnivores as Focal Species For Conservation Planning in the Rocky Mountain Region, which suggested that the Clearwater Basin offers the best habitat for large carnivores anywhere in the Lower 48, including the Canadian Rockies. There is a direct link between vast roadless landscapes and the habitat needs of large carnivores like grizzly bears and gray wolves. By working together to keep Clearwater Country big and wild, we can ensure that this heritage is passed on to the next generation.

Below is a partial list of native terrestrial/aquatic species found in the Clearwater Basin. 

Arrow – leaved Balsamroot

Bald Eagle - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Beargrass

Belted Kingfisher

Black – backed Woodpecker - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Bull trout - Listed “Threatened’ under Endangered Species Act.

Canada lynx - Listed “Threatened” under Endangered Species Act.

Chinook salmon - Listed “Threatened” under Endangered Species Act.

Coeur d’ Alene salamander - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Coyote

Osprey, Roger Inghram Photo Credit

Gray Wolf - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service. 

Grizzly Bear - Listed “Threatened” under Endangered Species Act.

Harlequin Duck - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Indian Paintbrush

Mountain Lady Slipper

Mountain Lion

Mule Deer

Northern Rockies Fisher - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service. 

Osprey

Pacific Dogwood - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Pacific Lamprey - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Pacific Yew

Pine Marten

Rocky Mountain Elk

Steelhead Trout - Listed “Threatened” under Endangered Species Act.

Western Sword Fern

Western Redcedar

West slope – cutthroat - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service.

Wolverine - Listed “Sensitive Species” by Region 1 Forest Service. 

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