Small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides) survey season is here once again here. Take immediate action to avoid permitting and project delays!
Small whorled pogonia is listed as a federally threatened and state-endangered species. Projects located in the following Virginia counties will likely require a survey for small whorled pogonia:
Appomattox, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Charles City, Craig, Essex, Fairfax, Floyd, Franklin, Gloucester, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King George, King William, Lee, Madison, New Kent, Pittsylvania, Prince William, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Wise, York
Valid surveys (within the last two years) are required before federal and state wetland and stream permits can be issued, or prior to other federally authorized activities. While habitat assessments can be performed throughout the year, field surveys for small whorled pogonia can only be performed during U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ designated time frames:
Counties south of Caroline: May 25 – July 15
Caroline County and north: June 1 – July 20
A significant delay (over one year) can occur on projects that do not conduct small whorled pogonia field surveys within those time frames.
Contact Jessica Fleming at 703.464.1000 or email@example.com to schedule a survey or discuss how this species may impact your project.