What is a vernal pool and why is it special?

Vernal pools are isolated wetlands that hold water in most years for two continuous months in spring or summer and are generally fish free. These pools plan an important role in our ecosystem as this pool is the only breeding area for several unique species of amphibians and freshwater amphipods. Most of the species that breed in these pools are terrestrial species that live in the leaf litter surrounding the vernal pool and only reproduce using these pools in the spring.

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1. What does the Conservation Commission do?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. Why should my project be reviewed by the Conservation Commission?
4. How do I know if there is a wetland on my property?
5. How will the presence of a wetland affect the home I’m building or the landscaping I’m planning?
6. Does the Conservation Commission ever permit construction within 100 feet of wetland?
7. My neighbor’s house is easily within 50 feet of a wetland. Why did the town permit this?
8. What is a vernal pool and why is it special?
9. What can I do to protect the wetlands in my neighborhood?