Developing Management Guidelines for Reducing Threats from Energy Development on Coastal Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Project #: 1759  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

The project is designed to position wildlife agencies for proactive management of energy development activities to protect wildlife and habitats. The geographic scope of the project is the 16 Atlantic Coastal states (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL).

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Location (by county):
Plymouth County (MA)

Watersheds:
Cape Cod

Congressional Districts:
MA District 09

Bird Conservation Regions:
New England/Mid Atlantic Coast

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Yes

Full Project Description

The project is designed to position wildlife agencies for proactive management of energy development activities to protect wildlife and habitats. The geographic scope of the project is the 16 Atlantic Coastal states (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL).

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

We will develop regional stakeholder groups to provide guidance to project activities and as primary outlets for project products.
Progress:

We identified primary stakeholders for each state within the project area in the wildlife conservation and energy development sectors. We established and cultivated relationships and successfully recruited these key individuals to provide project guidance, input, and feedback. Additional stakeholders were also identified through these primary contacts.

We will compile existing information on best management practices for energy facility siting and maintenance.
Progress:

We have assembled information and are compiling draft versions of best management practices and recommendations on mitigating potential impacts for a variety of energy development activities including electric transmission; wind energy; bioenergy; Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals (LNG); hydrokinetic (wave and tidal energy); and natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation (underlies New York, Pennsylvania, and may also impact New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia).

We will compile existing information on documented impacts to priority wildlife from energy facility installation, operation and maintenance.
Progress:

We have characterized existing information and are creating draft versions of impacts/threats to priority species from the aforementioned energy development activities.

We will disseminate project products broadly through stakeholder groups, other partners and web communications.
Progress:

We developed web tools and products to disseminate information, including an interactive map of existing, under-construction, proposed, and potential energy development project sites for the entire 16-state project area. The map is updated quarterly and can be viewed (Google Earth required) at: ftp://ftp.manomet.org/WildlifeandEnergy/EnergyProjects103008.kmz
We have also created GIS data for energy development activities within the entire 16 state project area. Our GIS data is currently undoing a final review by staff prior to distribution.

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
    • Forests and Woodlands
    • Human Habitats
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Special Types
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Other: Idnetify impacts & BMPs to SGCN Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

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Organization

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Katharine Parsons  (Director, Wildlife and Energy Solutions)
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
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Partners

  • Chris Raithel
  • Sandy Ritchie
  • John Kanter
  • John O'Leary
  • Jenny Dickson
  • Lisa Holst
  • Dave Jenkins
  • Lisa Williams
  • Karen Bennett
  • Glenn Therres
  • Bryan King
  • Chris Burkett
  • Carol Price
  • Lynn Quattro
  • Mike Harris
  • Doug Parsons

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