1. Bill Pepin's quest to build retirement home in Hampden derailed by alleged turtle spotting near his land

    Bill Pepin's quest to build retirement home in Hampden derailed by alleged turtle spotting near his land

    Pepin claims MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program is illegally dictating uses for his property by designating it as "priority habitat" for the Eastern Box Turtle, a classification not included in the 1990 Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, or MESA. Priority habitat is the term used to describe the known geographic extent or distribution of a state-listed species that's endangered, threatened or of special concern.

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