Environmental Management

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 503–513 | Cite as

Vernal Pool Conservation in Connecticut: An Assessment and Recommendations

  • Evan L. Preisser
  • Jennifer Yelin Kefer
  • Jessica D. Lawrence
  • Tim W. Clark
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Abstract

Vernal pools, a variety of ephemeral wetlands, are threatened in many areas of the United States. As habitat fragmentation and degradation increase, some vernal pool amphibian species are declining in numbers. Uneven implementation of state regulations further hampers effective conservation. To prevent further species decline and vernal pool loss, we evaluated alternatives for improving vernal pool conservation. We used transcripts from a recent vernal pool conference, interviews with members of relevant interest groups, and a literature review to determine opportunities for and constraints on improving vernal pool conservation policy. Participants from different interest groups had very diverse views about appropriate protection strategies. We have examined these different perspectives and alternatives and offer policy recommendations on both the state and local level. These recommendations can foster awareness of vernal pools as unique habitats, increase protection of these areas, and expand citizen participation in the vernal pool regulatory process.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan L. Preisser
    • 1
  • Jennifer Yelin Kefer
    • 1
  • Jessica D. Lawrence
    • 1
  • Tim W. Clark
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, USAUSA
  2. 2.School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, USA, and, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Box 2705, Jackson, Wyoming 83001, USAUSA

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