New England Cottontail Recovery Project

Project Description

Partnership to implement the 6-state Wildlife Action Plans to recover New England Cottontail populations by conserving critical habitat in six states on federal, state, and private lands.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: No
County: Hartford County, CT; Norfolk County, MA; Rockingham County, NH; Washington County, RI; Westchester County, NY; York County, ME

Project Sites

  • Connecticut NEC Range (Not publicly accessible)
  • Maine NEC Range (Not publicly accessible)
  • Massachusetts NEC Range (Not publicly accessible)
  • New Hampshire NEC Range (Not publicly accessible)
  • New York NEC Range (Not publicly accessible)
  • Rhode Island NEC Ranage (Not publicly accessible)

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    Eliminate need to list New England Cottontail as an Endangered Species

Consistent With Plans:

  • State Wildlife Action Plan
    All state wildlife action plans list NEC as a SGCN
  • Conservation Plan
    In prep

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Shrublands and Steppe

Targeted Species:

  • New England Cottontail Sylvilagus transitionalis

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses In Progress 2011 2011
Control encroaching species In Progress 2011 2011
Other - Terrestrial habitat restoration and management: Habitat Management In Progress 2011 2011
Shrubland Management


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Population surveys in managed and unmanaged habitats via snow tracking and pellet analysis

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Wildlife Management Institute
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Scot Williamson (VP)

General Information

Project #: 15691
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


State Fish and Wildlife Agencies
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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