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Vernal pools are naturally occurring, temporary to semi-permanent bodies of water, normally found in shallow depressions with no permanent outlet or inlet and no viable populations of predatory fish. These pools, which may be dry by August, typically fill with water in the spring or fall. Vernal pools are the only habitat type which is defined by the presence of animals, which in Maine are the Spotted salamander, Blue Spotted salamander, Wood Frog and Fairy Shrimp.
Forest management activities are exempt from current vernal pool regulations. The Maine Forest Service promotes the use of voluntary habitat management guidelines for the protection of important vernal pools during timber harvest operations. These habitat guidelines are available on this website; field trainings can also be arranged for your group by request. To enquire about a training contact Keith Kanoti at (207) 287-1073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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