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Power line work makes concessions for the Eastern box turtle in Middleborough

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Work underway to thin overgrowth along a 7-mile stretch of NStar transmission line in Middleborough includes some special precautions for about four dozen of the town’s most vulnerable residents.

For the past five months, state officials, environmental advocates, and the utility company have staged a kind of “turtlepalooza” along Row 280, the utility’s 16.7-mile transmission line from Carver to Bridgewater.

There, in the middle of the line, in the heart of Middleborough — a town the utility doesn’t even serve – lies a large population of the Eastern box turtle, a species considered of “special concern” to the state.

Since May, at least 42 of the terrestrial creatures have been located along the line and fitted with micro transmitters so their movements can be monitored on demand as work progresses, said NStar spokesman Michael Durand.

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