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Habitat Restoration and Management

The northern population of the bog turtle (Clemmys (Glyptemys) muhlenbergiii) faces the primary threats of habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation as a result of development and habitat degradation due to succession and invasive exotic plant species. Vegetation management and restoration of emergent wetland hydrology is crucial to bog turtle population recovery.

Vegetation Management: Herbicides

Succession of many wetlands from open-canopy fens to closed-canopy swamps contributes to the loss of bog turtle habitat. Reviewed here are the herbicide application methods described in the US Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion 2010.

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Vegetation Management: Cutting and Removal of Woody Plants

Methods for the removal of woody vegetation in bog turtle habitat that may vary depending upon the target plant species. Methods include both mechanical or manual techniques.

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Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

Learn about The Nature Conservancy's work to save North America's smallest turtle.

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