The forests of northern New England are managed as a patchwork of public and private timberlands with isolated reserves, parks, and wildlife areas scattered throughout. Despite intensive industrial infrastructure in many areas, the region presents many unique opportunities to sustain intact landscapes for wildlife while maintaining New England's logging industry. Within this broad area, our research has demonstrated that while many rivers support wood turtles—recognized as "endangered" by the IUCN and of regional conservation concern—hotspots of successful recruitment and high population density are rare on the landscape. We maintain long-term observatories at seven of these sites in partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MEDIFW), the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) and private landowners. Further, our habitat and population analyses on these rivers are focusing conservation, management, and mitigation efforts. This work has been supported by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, New Hampshire Department of Fish and GameIM, and Dartmouth College, as well as the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program.
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