All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, April 24, 2006

Vernal Pools to Be Protected

The governor is expected to sign a bill into law next month that will protect Maine's "significant" vernal pools starting in September 2007. These seasonal wetlands, filled with rain and snowmelt for only a few months a year, play host to several important species.
Animals such as blue-spotted salamanders and wood frogs live in the surrounding forest and they return to the same pool each spring to breed and lay eggs. Several endangered species, including the Blanding's turtle, also rely on vernal pool habitat. The inhabitants of vernal pools provide prey for a range of larger forest animals. [Link]
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