In 2007, the Bush Administration decided to dramatically reduce the number of species monitored within the Sierra Nevada forests. Some wildlife, such as the Pacific fisher and northern goshawk were threatened by increasing risks of industrial activities, including logging.
The wellbeing of indicator species, such as the Pacific fisher and the northern goshawk, reflects the overall health of a forest. Conservation groups brought a suit to restore safeguards for a variety of Sierra Nevada wildlife.
In 2012, conservation groups came to an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service that an independent science panel would need to evaluate the service’s selection of plant and animal species as indicators of the overall health of the Sierra Nevada forests.