Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permit

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 through 11pm June 19, 2021.

Renaud Bridgman Gravel, Inc. EH-2021-14. Hairy Bush Clover. Vernon.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received a request from Renaud Bridgman Gravel, Inc. for a Threatened and Endangered Species Takings Permit for the incidental take of the Hairy Bush Clover (Lespedeza hirta) a State-Threatened species as the company works to reopen a rock quarry in Vernon.

The proposed project could take as many as 499 hairy bush clover plants (77% of the local population of 648 plants). The applicant proposes removing all hairy bush clover plants in the work area and transplanting them to receiving locations on and off-site prior to the commencement of construction.

The permit application is available for public review here: Renaud Bridgman-Hairy Clover EH-2021-14 (APP-Public Review)

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 June 19, 2021.

 

Vermont Electric Power Company. EH-2021-16. Greene’s Rush. Irasburg.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has received a request from the Vermont Electric Power Company for a Threatened and Endangered Species Takings Permit for the incidental take of Greene’s Rush (Juncus greenei), a state Endangered species, during maintenance and upgrades proposed at its Irasburg electric substation.

The proposed project could take as many as 10 Greene’s rush plants. The applicant proposes removing all Greene’s rush within the project footprint and transplanting them to on-site receiving sites prior to the commencement of construction.

The permit application is available for public review here: VELCO-Greenes Rush EH-2021-16 (APP-Public Review)

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 June 19, 2021.

 

How do I submit a comment or question on a permit application?

 

Comments and questions on any application in an active public review/comment period are welcome and should be submitted by email (recommended) to ANR.EndangeredPermit@vermont.gov or by U.S. mail (to the postal address below).

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

ANR.EndangeredPermit@vermont.gov
 

Public Hearing

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

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