Vernal Pool Documentation Manual

Documenting Vernal Pools in the Granite State

Vernal pools are temporary bodies of water that provide essential habitat for a variety of creatures. Dry basins fill as water tables rise in fall or winter and during spring snowmelt and rains; pools usually dry by mid-to late summer. For some species of amphibians and invertebrates, vernal pools are required for breeding. Other species, such as Blanding's and spotted turtles, often use vernal pools for foraging or mating.

Vernal pools documented by volunteers are sent to the local conservation commission and NH Fish and Game. No hard copies are available. Manual can be downloaded and printed by users as needed. Contact the Wildlife Division at (603) 271-2461 or


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