HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - Local landowners are banding together hoping to keep a rareturtle from ending up on the endangered species list.
The wood turtle is considered a species of concern inMassachusetts, which is just two steps away from being endangered.
One of the biggest concerns is preserving these turtleshabitat. That is why several state agencies are teaming upwith private land owners to make the areas where the turtles livesafer.
A pair of local farmers have agreed to change the times ofthe year they mow their fields to prevent hitting the turtles.
Amherst College has also set aside land surrounding theirproperties as a buffer for the turtles. "Amherst College ownsapproximately a thousand acres and much of that is designated asopen space and within that we have designated certain areas asprotective habitat," stated Jim Brassord of Amherst College.
Land owners who choose to participate in the program canreceive compensation for their efforts.