Massachusetts Endangered Species Act Regulations (Massachusetts)

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Place Massachusetts


   
Applies to States or Provinces Massachusetts
Name Massachusetts Endangered Species Act Regulations (Massachusetts)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province



























Program Administrator Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Primary Website http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIX/Chapter131/Section23
Applicable Jurisdiction An interactive map of priority habitats can be found here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/regulatory-review/regulatory-maps-priority-and-estimated-habitats/


Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/, http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/species-information-and-conservation/mesa-list/list-of-rare-species-in-massachusetts.html


Summary

The regulations that accompany the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act list three categories of animals and plants in need of protection: endangered, threatened, and species of special concern. Priority habitats are defined as the geographic areas in which these state-listed species live, and an interactive map of priority habitats can be found on the website of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Some limited construction, maintenance, and removal activities on buildings or infrastructure are allowed within these priority areas, but many are either prohibited or require special permits. Significant habitats are defined as specialized habitat types to which some species are restricted (e.g., sandplain grasslands, floodplain forests, and estuaries). The designation of “significant habitat” is much more restrictive than that of “priority habitat”; these habitats are off-limits to most types of development, and many proposed activities require Alteration Permits. However, no significant habitats have been designated to date. A full list of activities requiring permits is available here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/publications-forms/forms/



Policy Contact

Contact Name Lauren Glorioso (North/Central/West Area)
Department Department of Fish and Game
Division Fisheries and Wildlife
Address 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA, 01583



Phone 508-389-6361


Email lauren.glorioso@state.ma.us
Website http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/regulatory_review/priority_habitat/online_viewer.htm
Contact Name Amy Coman-Hoenig (Southeast Area)
Department Department of Fish and Game
Division Fisheries and Wildlife
Address 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583



Phone 508-389-6364


Email amy.coman@state.ma.us
Website http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/regulatory_review/priority_habitat/online_viewer.htm
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 131A 23




Authority 2: 321 CMR 10.00



















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