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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 4:23
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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Maryland Governor Glendening Establishes
a Diamondback Terrapin Task Force


EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2001.05
Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force

WHEREAS, The perpetuation of Maryland’s beloved icon and official State reptile, the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) depends on concerted conservation efforts;

WHEREAS, Accurate biological data are needed to establish population estimates and institute management strategies which will help ensure continued progress in the protection and repatriation of the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin species in Maryland; and

WHEREAS, Coincident with the data collection effort, interim management strategies may be required to minimize further risk to Maryland’s Diamondback Terrapin population.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PARRIS N. GLENDENING, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF MARYLAND, HEREBY PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. Established. A Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force is hereby established to evaluate current population data and management practices for Maryland Diamondback Terrapins and recommend interim strategies to protect and preserve the species prior to the completion of a more comprehensive population study and management plan.

B. Membership and Procedures.
(1) The Task Force shall consist of up to nine members, including:
(a) A member of the Maryland State Senate appointed by the President of the Senate;
(b) A member of the Maryland House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and
(c) Up to seven members appointed by the Governor, who have interest or expertise in animal welfare and/or Terrapin conservation, including a student and educator involved in the “Terrapin Station” initiative sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

(2) The Governor shall designate a Chairperson from among the members of the Task Force.

(3) A member may not receive compensation for serving on the Task Force, but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the conduct of duties under this Executive Order, in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations and as provided for in the State budget.

C. Scope. The Task Force shall have the following responsibilities:
(1) Analyze and interpret data concerning current and future population trends of the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin.

(2) Assess current management practices and, based on the results of the population data analysis, make recommendations for more effective, long-term strategies for conservation and repatriation of the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin.

(3) Propose and assist the Department of Natural Resources in implementing interim measures to minimize further risk to the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin population while the comprehensive population study is in progress.

D. Report. On or before October 1, 2001, the Task Force shall complete its work and submit a final report of its findings and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

E. The Department of Natural Resources shall provide staff support to the Task Force.

GIVEN Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, in the City of Annapolis, this 4th Day of April, 2001.
Parris N. Glendening, Governor
ATTEST: John T. Willis, Secretary of State