• Habitat in Housatonic River floodplain.  Photo by Mike Nelson.
    Habitat in Housatonic River floodplain. Photo by Mike Nelson.

    Under certain circumstances, in association with regulatory review of a proposed project in Priority or Estimated Habitat, a habitat assessment or targeted survey may be necessary.  The following protocols are intended as guidelines to assist in these efforts in order to help protect rare species populations and their habitats.

    These protocols should lead to a more successful survey and final report for consideration by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), which oversees review activities relating to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MGL Ch. 131A) and its implementing regulations (321 CMR 10.00). Implementing these guidelines will also help property owners and land managers avoid potential violations of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MGL c. 131A) and its implementing regulations (321 CMR 10.00).

    These protocols are intended to complement existing regulatory review processes by providing scientifically-based survey recommendations.  Please note: Biologists conducting surveys for project proponents must be in possession of a valid Commercial Scientific Collection Permit Application pdf format of Commercial Scientific Collection Permit Application
for the project site in order to legally handle any state-listed species or collect samples of plants.

    Habitat Assessment Guidelines:

    Guidelines for Rare Mussel Surveys, Habitat Assessments and Translocation (permit required):

        These guidelines are currently being revised.  Please contact Dr. Peter Hazelton at 508-389-6389.

    Additional Guidelines for Rare Plant Collecting: