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Piping Plover 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, 45.3 kilometers of shoreline have been designated as critical habitat for the piping plover. All critical habitat unit boundaries extend 500 meters (1640 feet) inland from the normal high water line, although the inland edge of the area that contains the primary constituent elements may vary depending on the extent of the open dune system. This area is needed to provide foraging habitat as well as incorporate cobble pans between the dunes where piping plovers occasionally nest. For more information, visit the US Fish and Wildlife website.

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Last revised: Thursday, September 24, 2015