NJDEP Upholds Protection of Northern Pine Snake

On January 8, 2010 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection made the determination to deny the petition request by the New Jersey Builders Association to amend and remove the "threatened" status of the Northern Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus).

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Northern Pine Snake Classification

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On December 17, 2009 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program issued a Status Assessment of the Northern Pine Snake (Pituophis m. melanoleucus) in New Jersey.

"Taken collectively, the patterns and documented threats that we have reported strongly justify the pine snake’s existing legal status of “threatened” in New Jersey. The definition of a threatened species in New Jersey is, “a species that may become endangered if conditions surrounding the species begin or continue to deteriorate” (N.J.A.C. 7:25-4.1). Clearly, the conditions surrounding the pine snake population in New Jersey have already begun to deteriorate as a result of the threats outlined in this assessment (habitat loss, poaching, natural and subsidized predation, roads, fire suppression, and ORV activity)." -- Prepared by: David M. Golden, Peter Winkler, Patrick Woerner, Gretchen Fowles, William Pitts, and Dave Jenkins

 

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-- Prepared by: David M. Golden, Peter Winkler, Patrick Woerner, Gretchen Fowles, William Pitts, and Dave Jenkins

Robert Zappalorti, Herpetological Associates, Inc. submitted a rebuttal letter of the New Jersey Builders Association petition.

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Rebuttal letter to the NJBA petition

The New Jersey Builders Association had petitioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to de-list the Northern Pine Snake as a threatened species. A copy of the petition submitted by the New Jersey Builders Association is attached below.

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New Jersey Builders Association submission to the New Jersey DEP to de-list the Northern Pine Snake.

Recent News articles:

Download News - Delist NPS -December 21 2009

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Asbury Park Press - DEP says northern pine snake still threatened, by Kirk Moore

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