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Environmental News: Public Comment Period For DRAFT Priority Habitat Maps Of Rare Species

Apr 05, 2017 05:38AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife

(Editor's Note: the following information was published on the Town of Dracut website.)

Public Comment Period For Draft Priority Habitat Maps Of Rare Species:
April 3, 2017 through June 3, 2017

The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has recently announced the availability of draft Priority Habitat maps for public comment beginning on April 3, 2017.

This program is aiming to update their maps, which have been revised to reflect new biological information, regulatory changes put into effect on October 2010, as well as land use changes. Specifically, the Division is requesting public comment on the status of areas proposed for delineation or removal as Priority Habitat regarding the physical and biological features of the habitat, or the current scope of existing development in the area. 

The draft priority habitat map for the 14th edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas should be used for commenting purposes only and not for project planning or regulatory review. The 13th Edition Atlas (available through the Division website located at is still in effect until the 14th Edition is officially published. 

Please note that the Town of Dracut does not have maps available for review. The maps available for review are available at

The written comment period will end on June 3, 2017. Written comments on the proposed Priority Habitat map may be submitted to the Division electronically, as explained on the above-referenced website, or by submitting them to the Division at the following address:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Attn: Priority Habitat Comments
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA. 01581

If you have additional questions regarding this announcement, please contact NHESP at [email protected] or (508) 389-6360.

For more information, see the attached PDF document, "How and why the MESA Priority Habitat Map Changes" or click HERE.

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