Minimizing Take of Threatened Rattlesnakes and Optimizing Project Review in Southeast Nebraska

The western massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus) and the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) are listed threatened snake species occurring in the southeast portion of Nebraska and protected under Neb. Stat. 37-801-811. A thorough review of the massasauga’s life history can be found in Patten 2006 and Patten et al. 2016. Recent studies (e.g., Fogell 2011) have shown these species are using green spaces in the right-of-way along several roads in Jefferson, Gage, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties which necessitates the need for added Environmental Review from Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) staff and onsite surveys prior and during maintenance and construction to roadways.


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    • Status: Programmed
    • Funding: $62,238.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nebraska Department of Transportation

      1500 Nebraska 2
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68502
    • Project Managers:

      Halsey, Lieska

    • Principal Investigators:

      Dunn, Shaun

      Fogell, Dan

    • Start Date: 20220701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01849035
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 21 2022 3:40PM