New York Natural Heritage Program
Incurvate Emerald
Somatochlora incurvata Walker, 1918

Threats [-]
Any activity which might lead to water contamination or the alteration of natural hydrology could affect Incurvate Emerald populations (NYS DEC 2005). Such threats may include roadway run-off, industrial pollution, the building of dams, peat mining, forestry, or development activities near their habitats (NYS DEC 2005). Both emergence rates and/or species ranges may shift for odonate species as a result of climate change (Corser et al. 2014). 

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Any efforts to reduce siltation from forestry disruption of habitats, reduce alteration of the bogs in activities such as peat mining, and any ditching and filling activities should be considered when managing for this species (NYS DEC 2005).

Research Needs [-]
Further research is needed to define the distribution and population size of the Incurvate Emerald and inventory in Adirondack sphagnum bogs is needed. An informative distribution model developed by NY Natural Heritage highlighted several large bogs in southern Franklin County that would be worthy of intensive survey efforts including north of the St. Regis River near Whitney Pond and Black Pond Swamp and Bull Rush Bay on Middle Saranac Lake in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (New York Natural Heritage Program 2006). In addition, research is required to understand the habitat requirements and threats to this species, and to create appropriate management guidelines for its persistence in known locations (NYS DEC 2005).