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We serve an important role of officially certifying vernal pools that are documented by citizens, researchers, and other parties. Finding vernal pools is the first step for protection.
Contact your local Conservation Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the regulatory protection of certified vernal pools.
Official certification provides a vernal pool, and up to 100 feet beyond its boundary in some cases, certain protections under several state and federal laws.
Originally defined and protected under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act regulations, Certified Vernal Pools now also receive protection under:
These regulations help to prevent direct impacts to certified vernal pools and to minimize indirect impacts. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the implementation of these regulations (except for the Forest Cutting Practices Act, administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation) and has designated specific staff as vernal pool liaisons .
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