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Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permits

Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permits may be issued by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources for the "taking" of plants or animals listed as Threatened or Endangered in Vermont pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 5408 and 10 V.S.A. App. § 10 after obtaining the advice of the Endangered Species Committee.

When May a Threatened & Endangered Species Permit Be Issued?

T&E Permits may be issued for the following purposes per 10 V.S.A. § 5408(a):

  • Scientific purposes;
  • To enhance the propagation or survival of a threatened or endangered species;
  • Zoological exhibition
  • Educational purposes;
  • Noncommercial cultural or ceremonial purposes;
  • Special purposes consistent with the purposes of the federal Endangered Species Act;
  • Incidental taking;

Who Can Apply For a Permit?

Applications may be submitted by anyone, including researchers, exhibitors, municipalities and private companies amongst others.

What is the Definition of "Take"?

The definition of "take" is very broad and includes everything from killing a plant or animal to transplanting a plant or any activity that could be construed as harrassing an animal.

Take is defined in 10 V.S.A. § 5401(18) of the Vermont statutes as:

 (18) "Take" or "taking":

    (A) With respect to wildlife designated a threatened or endangered species, means:

        (i) pursuing, shooting, hunting, killing, capturing, trapping, harming, snaring, or netting wildlife;

        (ii) an act that creates a risk of injury to wildlife, whether or not the injury occurs, including harassing, wounding, or placing, setting, drawing, or using any net or other device used to take animals; or

        (iii) attempting to engage in or assisting another to engage in an act set forth under subdivision (i) or (ii) of this subdivision (18)(A).

    (B) With respect to a wild plant designated a threatened or endangered species, means uprooting, transplanting, gathering seeds or fruit, cutting, injuring, harming, or killing or any attempt to do the same or assisting another who is doing or is attempting to do the same.

Permits in Public Comment Period

The following Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permit applications are in active public review/comment period until 11pm February 28, 2023.

University of Vermont Medical Center. EH-2022-22. Wild Plum. South Burlington

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received an application from the University of Vermont Medical Center for a Threatened and Endangered Species Takings Permit for the incidental take of a population of Wild Plum (Prunus americana) during the development of an Outpatient Surgery Center at Tilley Drive, South Burlington. The Wild Plum is a tree native to Vermont and is currently designated as Threatened on the state’s Threatened & Endangered Species list.

The permit application is available for public review here: Application-UVM Med Ctr Prunus EH-2022-22

The advice of the Endangered Species Committee of the Agency of Natural Resources is available here: ESC Advice UVM Med Ctr Prunus EH-2022-22

A draft Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permit is available here: Draft Permit UVM Med Ctr Prunus EH-2022-22

Comments and questions are welcome and should be submitted by email (recommended) to ANR.EndangeredPermit@vermont.gov or by U.S. mail (to the postal address below) on or before 11pm February 28, 2023.

How do I submit comments or questions on a permit?

Comments or questions may be submitted by email to ANR.EndangeredPermit@vermont.gov
or comments by regular mail to:

Comments c/o
Permits Administrator
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Commissioner's Office
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2,
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Public Hearing

No public hearings are scheduled for permit applications at this time. 

Recently Issued Permits

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