Vernal Pool Certification in Massachusetts

Because of the unique role that vernal pools play in the landscape, and their vulnerability to loss and degradation, the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program designed a certification program to encourage citizens to collect data on vernal pools (based primarily on the particular species found in these habitats) and submit these data to the NHESP for certification.

The certification of a vernal pool increases its level of protection by proving that it exists and provides important habitat for wildlife. To find out more about the certification program, go to the NHESP site.

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies, in collaboration with Arrowwood Environmental, is currently conducting a similar project in Vermont. The Vernal Pool Mapping Project trains volunteers to verify, through field checking, the location of previously mapped potential vernal pools.