Does your property need rare, threatened, or endangered species review?
Act now and save costly delays in planning and project scheduling
With summer just around the corner, now is the time for landowners and developers to think about getting their property/project reviewed for rare, threatened, or endangered species (RTE). Conducting RTE Surveys now could save costly delays in planning and project scheduling—for some RTE species the approved survey window only comes once a year.
Here are a few RTE species to look out for:
Small Whorled Pogonia (Isotria medeoloides)
Scattered throughout Virginia, this species is probably the most commonly-requested survey. The FWS will only accept detailed surveys for this species if they are completed between late May and mid-July for any given year, so it is important to get your small whorled pogonia survey on the 2015 calendar as soon as possible.
Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata)
This species often comes up on projects in the Richmond area and northward, but may show up in the Blue Ridge region as well. For many projects, a habitat survey may be sufficient to complete coordination, but a field review during the growing season is important to verify the presence of this species.
Sensitive Joint-vetch (Aeschynomene virginica)
This plant occurs in fresh to brackish tidal marshes, so it often comes up on shoreline projects like piers, bulkheads, shorefront homes, utilities, road crossings, etc. The optimum survey period for this plant is late summer (August/September).
There are 18 plant species listed by the FWS as threatened or endangered in Virginia in addition to nearly five dozen animals. Getting your project reviewed now could save costly delays in planning and project scheduling.