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Northern Long-Eared Bat News and Update.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) has proposed
that the Northern
Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) be listed as an endangered species because
populations are reportedly declining due entirely to a disease called White
Nose Syndrome (WNS). NLEB is found in 39
states and Canada with Ohio situated in the middle of the range. The
proposed listing of the species as endangered could have profound impacts on
owners of forest land and the forest products industry. During summer
months, NLEB roosts in trees of many species and conditions and because of
this, the recommended management actions by USF&WS could significantly
restrict specific timber harvesting and other tree removal activities during
summer months. Without WNS, NLEB has thrived in managed forests and
forest management activities have never been identified as threats to the
bat. In fact, it may be that regular management activities may be a
benefit to bat habitat. You can read more about the bat in a 2-page
summary drafted by the Forest Resource Association.
The final decision by USF&WS on whether the bat is
listed as endangered will take place by April, 2015. In the meantime, it
is important to continue providing feedback to USF&WS and letting our
elected officials know our concerns with a potential listing.
OFA is working with a national coalition of forestry and
forest products organizations to provide feedback to USF&WS. You can
do the same by providing feedback on-line or through the mail. USF&WS has directions on how
comments can be given. You can do so on-line or through the mail.
You can also contact your Congressional Representative or Senator
to let him or her know that the listing can have a major impact on your land or
Forest & Paper Association is teaming up to provide our members
information on issues before the U.S. Congress that affect this
industry. Every day decisions are made that impact jobs and economic
growth in forest products communities across the nation, and this site
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