Shale Barren Mapping and Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys for Raystown Lake, PA: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS VICKSBURG United States
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This study surveyed and mapped shale barren habitats, and documented associated plant communities, at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. Additional surveys were conducted on Noctuid moth communities on the shale barrens, plus further surveys on bats and aquatic invertebrates were performed. These surveys serve to update and document the current presence and distribution of federal and state listed threatened and endangered species on the project lands. Moreover, these data were collected to permit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Raystown Lake personnel to update the Master Plan for the area. Seventy-three shale barren sites were located and mapped on the property and nine state listed species were documented, including low false-bindweed Calystegia spithamaea and shale barren evening-primrose Oenothera argillicola. Acoustic bat surveys documented the presence of the recently listed Northern Long-eared Bat Myotis septentrionalis. State listed aquatic invertebrates documented include the Sparkling Jewelwing Damselfly Calopteryx dimidiata, and other rare species including Perlid stonefly species Acroneuria internata and Perlesta ephelida. Fresh water mussels detected included the Yellow Lampmussel Lampsilis cariosa and a new detection of the Rainbow Mussel Villosa iris. Six moths identified as rare, threatened or endangered in the state were captured in this study, including, Xestia elimata, Zanclognatha dentata, Virbia laeta, Megalopyge crispata, Macaria promiscuita, and Cisthene packardii.
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