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 Songs of Spring Underscore Importance of Vernal Pools

At UNH, Babbitt and Veysey Powell have been investigating whether forested buffers are an effective tool for protecting vernal pool-dependent amphibian species. They found that clearcutting can cause negative impacts to vernal pool-dependent amphibians, but buffer width is an important mitigating factor. Amphibians in more narrow buffers experienced more intense negative impacts than those in wider buffers. However, spotted salamander and wood frogs were able to disperse across the forest landscape, despite the clearcutting.

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Preserving Vernal Pools

Dr. Jessica Veysey Powell, a post-doctoral fellow in wildlife ecology and human dimensions of environmental management, says landowners have many options for participating in vernal pool conservation.

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