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Hine's Emerald Critical Habitat Area

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Critical habitat is a specific geographic area(s) that contains features essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species and may require special management considerations or protection. When a species is proposed for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), these areas may be proposed for designation as "critical habitat." Areas that are not currently occupied but are needed for a species recovery may also be included in the designation.

In Wisconsin, 8,841 acres have been designated as critical habitat for the Hines emerald dragonfly. Learn more at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Hine's emerald dragonfly [exit DNR] web pages.


Hine's Emerald Critical Habitat Area  [Photo #1978]

Hine's emerald dragonfly ovipositing habitat at Cedarburg Bog.

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

Hine's Emerald Critical Habitat Area  [Photo #1730]

Mink River estuary has a mosaic of marsh types, sedge meadow, alkaline rockshore, white cedar-dominated conifer swamp, and mesic hardwood forest with elements of rich fen and boreal forest.

Photo © Mike Grimm.

Hine's Emerald Critical Habitat Area  [Photo #1066]

WI has a vital role in the conservation of this globally rare, federally endangered, dragonfly. Several of its most important breeding sites are alkaline wetlands in Door County.

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

Last revised: Thursday, June 17, 2021