Although slow to arrive in 2018, spring is officially here and with it comes a flurry of biologic activity throughout the Midwest and Southeast.  One of the plants I am watching for this spring is the endangered Running Buffalo Clover which typically blooms from mid-April to early June.  Listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) throughout Central Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Southern Ohio, this species is increasingly important to property development and utility corridor projects which must often evaluate potential habitat for this species when federal permitting or funding are involved.

This spring survey and habitat assessment window is important for projects with groundbreaking anticipated in the next 12-16 months since USFWS often prefers in-season surveys of the species in Central Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Southern Ohio.  If you have a project where forests, pastures, or existing rights-of-way occur and may need federal permitting or funding, it is important to consider conducting a Running Buffalo Clover survey in the coming weeks to avoid permitting delays down the road.

If you have questions about whether your project may need a Running Buffalo Clover survey or habitat assessment, contact me at Josiah Frey is an Environmental Scientist at Smith Management Group.