Do I Need A Bog Turtle Habitat Assessment?

From the desk of Qualified, Recognized, Bog Turtle Surveyor Teresa Amitrone, Project Manager at Liberty Environmental, Inc.

In Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, one small turtle has had a significant impact on site development projects in the region.  Glyptemys muhlenbergii, commonly known as the bog turtle, is listed as endangered by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Special permitting is required under these designations.

How do you know if your project requires a Phase I bog turtle habitat assessment?

Proper planning is key to understanding the impact on your project and keeping your timeline in check during the agency review process.

If your land development project requires a Chapter 105 PA DEP Individual Permit or any one of the following: GP-5, GP-6, GP-7, GP-9 or GP-11

and your project site is located in one of the following PA Counties

Adams   Berks  Bucks   Carbon  Chester  Cumberland   Delaware   Lancaster

Lebanon  Lehigh  Northampton  Monroe   Montgomery  Schuylkill  York

you are required to conduct a Phase I bog turtle habitat assessment, regardless of the return of your Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PDNI) search results.

Questions? Contact Teresa Amitrone at 800.305.6019 ext. 205.