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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 4:23b
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Further Information on the Diamondback Terrapin Task Force

Marguerite Whilden, Secretary, Governorís Terrapin Task Force
Fisheries Conservation and Stewardship Program,
Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Ph: 410 260-8269; E-mail mwhilden@dnr.state.md.us;
http:// www.dnr.state.md.us/terrapin

The Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force, is charged with studying current and future population trends of the Diamondback Terrapin and recommending measures to protect the species. The Governor also announced the Department of Natural Resources will fund ongoing Diamondback Terrapin research.

The Governor has appointed nine members to the Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force, including Maryland Delegate Virginia Clagett, Maryland Senator Paul Pinsky, an educator, a student, a commercial waterman, a representative of the animal welfare community, an expert in the terrapin ecology, and an expert in terrapin habitat restoration. The task force is chaired by William Moulden and will examine current management practices for the terrapin and recommend measures needed to minimize further risk to the turtle and its habitat. Kevin Smith, David Lee, and Dr. Bill Boyd are serving as advisors to the Task Force, in addition to the members selected by the Governor. A report of its findings will be submitted by the task force to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources by October 1, 2001. For further information please contact the author. Posted April 4, 2001 .