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Monday, January 25 • 10:20am - 10:40am
An Introduction To The Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Best Management Practices Manual: A Critical Resource For Conservation of Herpetofauna

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AUTHORS: David A. Mifsud*; Maegan Stapleton, Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC

ABSTRACT: The Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Best Management Practices manual was designed to address threats to Michigan’s herpetofaunal communities posed by development and conservation management practices. The creation of this manual was driven by the significant decline in amphibian and reptile populations in Michigan and the need for increased conservation actions. The BMP provides recommendations to protect and conserve species and associated habitat based on the best available science and is intended to serve as a quick-reference guide throughout all phases of site development and construction, mitigation, restoration, and habitat management. Regulators, agency land managers, consultants, commercial and residential developers, and private citizens can find value in this document for protecting, preserving, and restoring the herpetofauna of Michigan. This presentation will highlight portions of the manual including habitat restoration and creation, landscape impact minimization, and management techniques.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST
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