As a rule, the Northern Appalachian region does not support noteworthy freshwater turtle diversity. In much of the region, only three species are well-represented: wood, painted, and snapping turtles. Because the area is largely rural and forested, localized areas along streams and wetland systems support regionally significant populations of wood turtles, as well as large populations of snapping turtles and painted turtles. Along three rivers in the greater White Mountain region, we maintain Observatories for wood turtles and we are actively engaged in cooperative and creative conservation projects with landowners and other stakeholders, including the U.S. Forest Service and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. This work has been supported by the U.S. Forest Service (White Mountain National Forest), NHFG, and town conservation commissions, as well as the NEAFWA Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) program.
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