The Orianne Society is pleased to announce that the first meeting of the Eastern Diamondback Conservation Action Planning Team will occur at the Southeast Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC) meeting in February of 2011. Planning Team members were selected because of their expertise on Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake ecology and their dedication to Eastern Diamondback conservation and management. During this initial meeting, the Planning Team will work to assess the current, range-wide status of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes and to determine what measures are necessary to ensure their survival. Team members will be identifying future research and conservation needs, as well as discussing policy issues. Ultimately The Eastern Diamondback Conservation Action Plan will be developed through the collaboration of the Planning Team and the IUCN Viper Specialist Group, chaired by Dr. Christopher Jenkins of The Orianne Society. This plan will be used by government agencies and private landowners as a guideline to conserving this species by outlining research and conservation needs and making recommendations on state regulations in each region within the Eastern Diamondback’s Range. For more information on the Planning Team, Eastern Diamondback Conservation, the Viper Specialist Group, or to stay tuned for updates on the first Planning Team meeting, log on to www.oriannesociety.org.

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