Current Projects

The following Projects were supported by State Wildlife Grant Funding awarded through the Northeast Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) Program. Active Projects from the most recently funded year are shown below, but all Projects can be found using the Advanced Search.

RCN Topic: Identify NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need Data Gaps, Design Data Collection Protocols, and Collect Data
Rana pipiens

The recent discovery of a cryptic species of leopard frog in the Northeast means that nine states (CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA) may have to redefine their faunal checklists and/or lists of Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The new leopard frog appears to be of conservation concern in at least portions of its range, and until the states are able to address some basic information gaps, conservation efforts in the Northeast will be challenged with uncertain taxonomic statuses,...

RCN Topic: Identify NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need Data Gaps, Design Data Collection Protocols, and Collect Data
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis

Although the hellbender has been identified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, there remain substantial data gaps in its distribution. The common mudpuppy shares a significant portion of its habitat with the hellbender, and has been identified as a Species of High Conservation Concern by the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Given the habitat overlap of these two species, efforts to...

RCN Topic: Design and Implement Conservation Strategies for NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need

We propose the development of a regional, landscape level, multi-partner conservation strategy/plan that focuses on the conservation, management, and protection of the northern diamondback terrapin and its habitat in eight states of the Northeast/mid-Atlantic regions (Massachusetts to Virginia). The overarching goal of this proposal is a conservation strategy/plan that will help achieve long-term sustainability of the northern diamondback terrapin population in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic...