State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2009ME191B
Title: Conserving Significant Vernal Pools through Collaborative Local Initiatives
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2009
End Date: 2/29/2010
Congressional District: 2
Focus Categories: Conservation, Ecology, Education
Keywords: Vernal Pool, Education
Principal Investigator: Peckenham, John
Federal Funds: $ 3,630
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 0
Abstract: The viability of existing natural resources, including wetlands, is threatened by fragmentation that results from random development practices. Unplanned growth may compromise the quality of life reflected in Maine's motto, "the way life should be." Maintenance of rural character, along with economic development, can be achieved with proactive, town-level planning that includes natural resource assessments and development of ordinances or zoning practices that address connectivity of natural resources. Vernal pool habitats (the pool and the adjacent terrestrial habitat necessary for maintaining pool functions) pose challenges to resource planners and landowners as they are small and seemingly abundant (i.e., they affect a lot of property owners). The goal of this project is to help towns proactively manage their pool resources by engaging citizenry and developing planning strategies that link natural resources while allowing private landowners to maximize other uses of their property. Strategies for conserving vernal pools at the community level will be made accessible to towns in Maine and elsewhere through the development of the Maine Municipal Guide to Vernal Pool Conservation Planning.

Progress/Completion Report, 2009, PDF

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