Developing Management Guidelines for Reducing Threats from Energy Development on Coastal Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Project Description

The project is designed to position wildlife agencies for proactive management of energy development activities to protect wildlife and habitats. The geographic scope of the project is the 16 Atlantic Coastal states (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL).

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Plymouth County, MA

Project Sites

  • Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • We will develop regional stakeholder groups to provide guidance to project activities and as primary outlets for project products.
    Progress: We identified primary stakeholders for each state within the project area in the wildlife conservation and energy development sectors. We established and cultivated relationships and successfully recruited these key individuals to provide project guidance, input, and feedback. Additional stakeholders were also identified through these primary contacts.
  • We will compile existing information on best management practices for energy facility siting and maintenance.
    Progress: We have assembled information and are compiling draft versions of best management practices and recommendations on mitigating potential impacts for a variety of energy development activities including electric transmission; wind energy; bioenergy; Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals (LNG); hydrokinetic (wave and tidal energy); and natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation (underlies New York, Pennsylvania, and may also impact New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia).
  • We will compile existing information on documented impacts to priority wildlife from energy facility installation, operation and maintenance.
    Progress: We have characterized existing information and are creating draft versions of impacts/threats to priority species from the aforementioned energy development activities.
  • We will disseminate project products broadly through stakeholder groups, other partners and web communications.
    Progress: We developed web tools and products to disseminate information, including an interactive map of existing, under-construction, proposed, and potential energy development project sites for the entire 16-state project area. The map is updated quarterly and can be viewed (Google Earth required) at: We have also created GIS data for energy development activities within the entire 16 state project area. Our GIS data is currently undoing a final review by staff prior to distribution.

Consistent With Plans:

  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Human Habitats
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
  • Special Types
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Conservation plans and agreements: Idnetify impacts & BMPs to SGCN In Progress 2008 2009


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Katharine Parsons (Director, Wildlife and Energy Solutions)
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

General Information

Project #: 1759
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


Bryan King
Carol Price
Chris Burkett
Chris Raithel
Dave Jenkins
Doug Parsons
Glenn Therres
Jenny Dickson
John Kanter
John O'Leary
Karen Bennett
Lisa Holst
Lisa Williams
Lynn Quattro
Mike Harris
Sandy Ritchie


East Coast Energy Projects Interactive Map - Google Earth
Project Description
Project web site

Copyright © 2018 NatureServe. All Rights Reserved.