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Bog Turtle Coordination & Review Protocols – June 18, 2008. Bog Turtle Coordination & Review Protocols. Big News – Franklin County has been deleted from the list of known counties of occurrence for the species. Bog Turtle Coordination. Procedure applicable in its 14-county range (see SOP)

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Bog Turtle Coordination & Review Protocols

  • Big News – Franklin County has been deleted from the list of known counties of occurrence for the species


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Bog Turtle Coordination

  • Procedure applicable in its 14-county range (see SOP)

  • USFWS clearance letter issued or Corps “no effect” determination – no further coordination, PASPGP-3 may be issued

  • If no wetlands impacted – PASPGP-3 may be issued

  • If no clearance letter and wetlands are impacted, then follow process for either:

    • GP 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x, or

    • E and D permits and EAs


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x

  • PNDI

    • Must be conducted before registration

    • Linear projects require separate screening for each crossing

    • If potential conflict, information is sent to USFWS

      • If a direct hit has occurred, USFWS will advise inquiring agency or applicant on how to proceed

      • If no direct hit, screening process for potential habitat will be followed


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x (cont.)

  • Screening Process for Potential Habitat

    • If wetlands are not present within the permit area, PASPGP-3 can be issued

    • If wetlands are present within the permit area and work directly or indirectly affects wetlands

      • Applicant will contact agency POC or consultant (preferred) to conduct a Phase 1 (habitat) survey

      • Phase 1 findings provided by a consultant must be reviewed by the Corps or USFWS

      • Trained agency personnel may make the habitat determination (but it may take longer)


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x (cont.)

  • Screening Process for Potential Habitat (cont.)

    • The Corps will conduct Phase 1 surveys primarily for “Mom ‘n’ Pop-type” projects.

    • For larger projects, e.g., residential and industrial developments, highway project, etc., the applicant will be encouraged to hire a qualified consultant to conduct the Phase 1.

    • Phase 1s conducted by a “Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyor” will generally get a quicker review by USFWS than those conducted by other consultants.


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x (cont.)

  • If agency investigator determines no habitat, GP can be registered

  • If agency investigator determines potential habitat, consultation with USFWS is required

  • USFWS may require a Phase 2 (Bog Turtle presence/absence) survey

  • Phase 2 surveys must be reviewed by USFWS

    • No turtles found and USFWS concurs, GP can be registered and PASPGP-3 can be attached

    • If turtles found or USFWS does not concur, then further consultation is necessary


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x (cont.)

  • If turtles are not found and:

    • USFWS does not concur with the Phase 2 or,

    • the quality of the wetland appears to be suitable (good) Bog Turtle habitat, the size is relatively large (> 2 acres), and/or the vegetation is dense (i.e., hard to survey) then further consultation is necessary.

    • USFWS may request a Phase 3 trapping survey (a draft protocol is being developed).


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Bog Turtle Coordination – GPs 5-9 and 11 and PADEP Individual Permits numbered E-999x (cont.)

  • Registration will not occur until PADEP or CCD receives notification that:

    • The permit area has no suitable habitat,

    • The permit area is not occupied by Bog Turtles (based on Phase 2 survey), or

    • No adverse affects to the turtle will result as determined by USFWS or a “no effect” determination by the Corps

  • If Bog Turtles are located, then further consultation under Section 7 is required


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Bog Turtle Coordination – Water Obstruction and Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)

  • Category III activity

  • PNDI required

    • No potential conflict, Corps may:

      • Make “no effect” determination (if no wetlands or Phase 1 by agency personnel finds no habitat), or

      • Require a Phase 1 by a consultant (can be submitted to Corps for determination)

    • If potential conflict, USFWS will be contacted to determine direct “hit”:

      • If no direct “hit,” Corps may:

        • Make “no effect” determination (if no wetlands or Phase 1 by agency personnel finds no habitat), or

        • Require a Phase 1 by consultant

      • If direct “hit,” further consultation with USFWS


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Unauthorized Work in Potential Habitat Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)

  • After-the-fact permits and restoration further impacting wetlands shall be coordinated with USFWS

  • Restoration not impacting wetlands does not require coordination with USFWS


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Additional Information for ESA Coordination Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)

  • Additional endangered species review is not necessary where PADEP has received a permit application with an up-to-date (1 year):

    • “No effect” letter, or

    • “Not likely to adversely affect” letter


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Questions ??? Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)


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Last Chance… Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)


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The End Encroachment and Dam Permits (E and D permits) and Environmental Assessments (EAs)


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