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Missouri Ecological Services and Missouri Department of Transportation Complete Plan to Restore Habitat forEndangered Indiana Bat
Midwest Region, March 22, 2007
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- Courtesy photo by William R. Elliott, Missouri Department of Conservation
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After early and formal consultation with Missouri Ecological Services, the Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to fund conservation measures to restore suitable habitat for the endangered Indiana bat on lands adjacent to U.S. Route 67 in Wayne County, Missouri. The Indiana bat (myotis sodalis) was declared endangered throughout its range on March 11, 1967.

 

In an effort to improve traffic flow to and from Poplar Bluff, MoDOT plans to construct additional lanes of U.S. Route 67 in Wayne County, which will remove suitable roosting and foraging habitat for Indiana bats. To counter this adverse effect, MoDOT will fund conservation efforts to restore suitable Indiana bat habitat on lands owned by Mark Twain National Forest and Lake Wappapello. According to fish and wildlife biologist Theresa Davidson, “The conservation plan will restore Indiana bat habitat at a 2:1 ratio.” The conservation efforts include timber stand improvement and thinning, which will open up suitable forested areas for summer roosting. Indiana bats hibernate in cool, humid caves during winter, and migrate to summer habitats to roost in loose tree bark on dead or dying trees.

 

Missouri Ecological Services has completed formal consultation with the Federal Highway Administration and MoDOT, and will continue to work with partnering agencies to ensure the work is completed in a timely manner. Both construction and conservation work will begin in 2007, and all work is expected to be completed by December 2010.


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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