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Northeast Partners in
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Blanding's Turtle Working Group

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Blanding's Turtle Working Group Plans

The Northeast Blanding’s Turtle Working Group (NEBTWG) was formed in February, 2004 when the New Hampshire Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program hosted a meeting of state, federal, university, and non-governmental organizations to share information, assess the status of the Blanding’s turtle in the Northeast, foster state and federal cooperation, identify common priorities, and develop a plan for the conservation of this species.

In 2007, with funds from a Science Support Partnership Program grant from U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the NEBTWG, conducted a Status Assessment of the Northeast population of the species, led by Brad Compton. The assessment concluded that due to natural demographic vulnerability and proximity to urban areas, northeastern Blanding’s turtles are threatened by habitat loss and elevated adult mortality rates and it recommended immediate action to conserve the species in the region.

In 2011, the NEBTWG received funds from the US Fish & Wildlife Service Competitive State Wildlife Grants Program to develop a conservation plan for Blanding’s Turtle and associated wetland dependent species of greatest conservation need in the Northeast region. This grant is coordinated by the NH Fish and Game Department. As part of this effort, the five states in the Northeast Region in which Blanding’s turtles occur (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania) are working to:

The Conservation Plan will be completed in June 2014. For more information on this effort visit: www.northeastturtles.org.

Group Contacts

If you are interested in joining the Blanding's Turtle Working Group, contact Liz Wiley or Mike Marchand.

Visit our parent organization, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), for more information on national conservation efforts and other regional groups.This website and any products posted herein are officially recognized by the national entity, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), as the efforts of an approved PARC Northeast chapter.