We have a rare spotted turtle in the vicinity of next years RTP project in Enfield. I will talk with Fish and Game to straighten out the situation (hopefully). I think Jim Gerding ran into the same turtle a few years back that held up the operation for a year until I called and told F&G that it was a rail corroder in a wetland from yester year. If the turtle become an issue I will try to reach a compromise and do the work after egg laying and hatching of the new rare turtles.
FNRT has been busy gathering information for a new project in Enfield to clean the ditches along the rail trail betweeen Hardy Road and Blackwater Road. We have to apply for a grant to obtain money to hire a contractor to perform the ditch cleaning. The ditches along the trail have filled in resulting in water flowing on the trail surface which cause slippery conditions for trail users. Much to our chargrin we found out from NH Fish And Game that a threatened turtle species lives in the area near the trail. After many phone conversations and e-mails FNRT and Fish and Game resolved the problem by agreeing to do the work in the Fall when all the newly hatched turtles along the trail headed toward the river and wetlands nearby. This is the spotted turtle which is about 6 inches wide, black with yellow spots on it’s back.
It appears that they lay eggs in open meadows and fields so I think we have a good case to move on with the project. F&G did notice one crossing the road in 2000 on Blackwater road
Here is a Wiki link with more information