7. January 2014 08:42
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has completed a review of Wisconsin's rare species and has finalized a rule resulting in changes to Ch. NR 27, Wis. Admin. Code. The code adds eight species, removes 15 species and updates 20 scientific names on the Wisconsin C list.
Of particular note to the Milwaukee area, the Butler’s gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri) was delisted from the threatened list because the species appears to be stable based on surveys and genetic studies. In addition, the Blanding’s turtle, another species found in Southeast Wisconsin, was also delisted from the threatened list. The delisting of these species was a very controversial issue as it means that an incidental take permit or authorization will no longer be required if the species or their habitat are present in a project area.
The new rule is effective January 1, 2014. Please contact R.A. Smith National wetland ecologists/WDNR certified endangered resources reviewers, Heather Patti (262) 317-3361 or Tina Myers (262) 317-3389 with any questions.