There are 37 species (including subspecies) of turtles in the Eastern Region. Certain threats affect all turtle mortality, such as road crossings, habitat loss, inadequate wetlands and the pet trade. However, each species of turtle has its own specific challenges. For example, wood turtles love the water and shoreline is important habitat for them. Changes in stream flow and impediments to their travel to find nest sites are a serious problem. To mitigate this, the Forest Service works with partners to redesign and replace culverts to allow turtles to move more easily.
By managing for healthy ecosystems, the Forest Service helps maintain populations of turtles on the landscape.
Following is a list of turtles in the Eastern Region: