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Northern Long Eared Bat "threatened"

Thursday, April 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gayla Fleming
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UF&WS Issues "Threatened” Determination on Northern Long Eared Bat

Today, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced that it will place the Northern Long Eared Bat on the "Threatened” List, according to the Endangered Species Act. The bat is threatened by the White Nose Syndrome (WNS) disease and is not affected by forest management activities. However, with that determination, USF&WS has issued an interim 4(d) rule which allows exceptions for certain activities in areas impacted by the White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Forest management and timber harvests are included in the exceptions, with the following provisions:

  • There are no prohibitions on forest management outside the WNS buffer zone;
  • There are no prohibitions on forest management outside a 0.25 mile radius from a known, occupied hibernacula;
  • Certain timber harvests including clearcuts, seed tree cuts, shelterwoods, and coppice cuts should be "avoided” within 0.25 mile radius of a known, occupied roost tree during the June 1-July 31 "pup” season;
  • In addition, the occupied roost trees during the pup season should not be cut or destroyed.

The interim rule will not become final until a later date, probably later in the year. USF&WS will continue to take comments on that rule.

You can read more information about the announcement in these documents concerning the news release, frequently asked questions on the final listing and interim rule, and a map of the affected buffer zone areas in the bat range.

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