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Turtles get nesting habitat when sandy soil is left intact

Sunny, sandy forest openings near open water are necessary for turtles to successfully reproduce, and such habitats are scarce in New Hampshire and throughout the country. But if you visit a created wetland site off of Pine Road in Brentwood, New Hampshire, you're likely to see hatched turtle shells, thanks to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. When Department wetland specialists created the site, they left a small section of sandy soils intact rather than replacing the sand with organic-rich topsoil. Simply "leaving nature alone" resulted in wildlife habitat diversity and nesting habitat for spotted turtles, eastern box turtles, and other turtle species.
 
--Apr 25, 2003

Den Danna, (603) 271-4046 or ddanna@dot.state.nh.us

Sandy soil along shoreline provides turtle habitat at the Pine Road Mitigation Site
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Sandy soil along shoreline provides turtle habitat at the Pine Road Mitigation Site

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Updated: 12/12/2012
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