Preserve Threatened or Endangered Species & Habitats
P5Preserve Threatened or Endangered Species & Habitats
This credit is required.
Why this matters to the lake?
A healthy ecosystem supports all species of a particular place. At Lake George, a healthy ecosystem regulates water quality. The plants and animals native to Lake George are part of an interconnected natural system that is diminished when habitat is lost and species decline. Endangered or threatened species are especially vulnerable to declining conditions of habitat and water quality. Current information provides the ability to prevent environmental damage, protect vulnerable habitats, and secure vital ecosystem services. Protection of sensitive species is fundamental to this process.
- Protect ecosystem function by avoiding development of areas that contain habitat for plant and animal species identified as threatened or endangered
Select a site that does not contain habitats for threatened or endangered species. Design a site to minimize impact to threatened or endangered species habitat. Design it to allow for habitat corridors through the site.
Indicate on the Proposed Site Plan that the site does not contain threatened or endangered species and habitats, or identify the location of threatened or endangered species and the practices to protect and preserve any existing habitats, including protecting corridors for daily movement and seasonal migration. If immediately adjacent properties contain threatened or endangered species that will be impacted by proposed project, the same requirements apply.
Include the following information with application:
✓ As part of the Proposed Site Plan, submit output from the New York Nature Explorer. Directions can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/natureexplorer/app/. If any threatened and endangered species habitat is shown on the site, specify appropriate measures to protect these sensitive areas.
- SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development, Prerequisite 1.4
- "List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York State." New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
"Part 182: Endangered and Threatened Species of Fish and Wildlife; Species of Special Concern." New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.
6 NYCRR Part 617 State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR)
New York, Nature Explorer
1. Go to the New York Department of Conservation, Nature Explorer website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/natureexplorer/app/
2. Select “Search by Location”
3. To locate your site, select “User-Defined Area”
4. Type your site address into the form
5. Export result page to a PDF format and submit with certification application.