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The status and distribution of many wetland butterfly species is uncertain in several Mid-Atlantic States.  Many of these species are considered species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN) in many or all of the states in which they occur.  For some species declines are well documented and may span a decade or more, while others are of concern based on low encounter rates and negative data during recent survey efforts. This may be in part due to threats impacting groundwater wetlands,...

Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister, NEMA) are experiencing a protracted decline in the northern half of their range. These declines are, in part, rooted in the concomitant loss of American chestnut trees (Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.), as well as other mast producing species such as butternut (Juglans cinerea L.), and gypsy moth impacts on oaks (Quercus L.). In addition, limited availability of hollow trees for den sites outside of the woodrats primary foraging areas may increase...

Dam removal and fish passage projects are a critical component of anadromous alewife restoration,
reconnecting runs to prime spawning habitat in coastal lakes. However, landlocked alewife populations
have become established in many coastal New England lakes. The effects of landlocked alewives on
anadromous alewife restoration are currently unknown. This proposed research examines these effects in
Rogers Lake, Connecticut. A decade-long plan to restore anadromous alewife...

To accomplish the project objective of collaboratively developing clear conservation goals and strategies for action in the northeast region this proposal outlines three major components:

  1. A thorough review of species, habitats, threats, and actions identified in the 14 Wildlife Action Plans produced by the northeastern states and the District of Columbia
  2. When requested, provide assistance to state agencies in determining regional species and habitats of greatest...

Northeastern forests provide essential habitat for a large suite of birds and mammals that occur in no other setting. This group includes several habitat specialists listed as species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) in multiple states. Their vulnerability to various stressors has prompted the formation of several species-­‐level conservation and research initiatives. We propose to work with these focused partnerships and with key forest stewards to integrate current ecological and...

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,...

BACKGROUND and NEED

The Northeast Region has a long and productive history of collaboration and coordination for the protection and management of natural resources. This partnership has been enhanced in recent years through the teamwork of the Northeast Fish & Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee, the RCN program and the LCCs (e.g., North Atlantic and Appalachian). States have collectively contributed nearly $1.4M to completed regional projects since the inception of the RCN...

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...

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...

Project Description: Brook floaters have declined rapidly throughout their range due to habitat loss, stream fragmentation, loss of riparian vegetation buffers, upstream land degradation, pollution, altered flow regimes, extreme spring floods, and summer droughts. While the northeast holds the largest brook floater populations range wide, our long-term research shows populations once large and robust have either declined by 50 to 95% or are gone completely. We are apprehensive that most...

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