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Missouri Field OfficeBiologists Provide On-site Training to Action Agency
Midwest Region, September 27, 2011
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USFWS and Missouri Department of Transportation biologists complete a habitat suitability worksheet.
USFWS and Missouri Department of Transportation biologists complete a habitat suitability worksheet. - Photo Credit: Jane Ledwin
Biologists and engineers discuss potential habitat impacts in the project area.
Biologists and engineers discuss potential habitat impacts in the project area. - Photo Credit: Shauna Marquardt

As threats to the conservation and recovery of Indiana bats continue to increase, the Service helps educate and assist action agencies that implement projects with potential impacts to the species or its habitat. The Federal Highway Administration and Missouri Department of Transportation are responsible for providing safe and efficient means of travel to the public while upholding their responsibilities to provide conservation benefits to threatened and endangered species.
Fish and wildlife biologists with the Missouri Ecological Services Field Office accompanied biologists and engineers with the MoDOT on a site visit to a proposed highway alignment in central Missouri. Service and MoDOT staff toured the project site and used the visit as a training opportunity to improve assessments of habitat that will be affected by the project. Service and MoDOT staff discussed forested habitat that could be used by Indiana bats and other forest bat species and completed a worksheet to determine habitat suitability. We will continue to refine the information and materials provided to MoDOT to better characterize affected habitats that can be incorporated into project planning, risk assessments, and conservation measures in the future.


Contact Info: Shauna Marquardt, 573-234-2132 x174, shauna_marquardt@fws.gov



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