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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 harassing 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

New England Power Company/National Grid, A1B2 Transmission Line, Vernon. Lance-leaved violet (EH-2023-30)

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received an application from the New England Power Company (National Grid) for a Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permits for the incidental take of an endangered species during proposed upgrades to a transmission line in Vernon.

The proposed project could take (impact) Lance-leaved violet (Viola lanceolata), a state threatened species.

Public comments, questions and recommendations are welcome.

The permit application is available for review here: New England Power-Vernon Lance Violet Application EH-2023-30.

How do I submit comments or questions on a permit application?

Comments and questions are welcome and may be submitted by email (recommended) to or by regular mail to:

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

All comments on the Lance-leaved violet application must be received on or before 9am on December 19, 2023.

Public Hearing

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


Recently Issued Permits

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