Coastal Plain Ponds Plant Element Occurrence Updates
The Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program seeks 1-2 qualified botanists to conduct surveys of state listed plants occurring in Coastal plain ponds. These ponds are unique ecological systems with acidic low nutrient water and dramatic fluxes in surface levels from year to year. These unusual conditions are habitat for several Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) listed plant species, many of which are globally rare. Though unusual on a planetary scale these ponds have high concentrations in Barnstable and Plymouth counties, many have known rare plant populations but due to the local extent of this habitat many have not been monitored for over 20 years. Additionally, several of these rare plants are only obvious in one out of every five years when water levels are sufficiently low. The goal of this contract is to update information on known rare plant populations inhabiting the shores of the coastal plain ponds and to document any previously unrecorded rare or watch listed plant populations at these same locations.