Friday, September 1, 2006
Public input ends September 15 on state's new wildlife action plan
The public comment period will close September 15 for the first Massachusetts Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) being drawn up by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Each state must complete a CWCS plan in order to be eligible for funds through the State Wildlife Grant Program. The plan lists habitats and species "in greatest need of conservation" and strategies for their preservation. The plan can be found on-line at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/cwcs/dfw_cwcs.htm. For more information, contact John O'Leary, CWCS Coordinator, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, at 1-508-792-7270.
There are 256 animal species targeted for protection across the state. These include all federally listed animals observed in Massachusetts as well as all state-listed species (endangered, threatened or of special concern.) Also included are animals which are globally rare, and species of regional concern, as listed by the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Carlisle's celebrity amphibian, the blue-spotted salamander, is one of the species mentioned, with 160 documented sightings in the state between 1980 and 2004.
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