Pennsylvania Field Office News
Pennsylvania State Lands Forestry Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
February 24, 2014
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) manages 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manages 2.2 million acres of State Forests and 295,000 acres of State Parks, totaling approximately 3.8 million acres of land. These predominantly forested lands provide potential foraging, roosting, maternity colony, and fall swarming habitat for all bat species that occur in Pennsylvania, including the federally listed endangered Indiana bat and the federally proposed endangered northern long-eared bat. Forestry operations on these lands have the potential to incidentally take these bats and their habitat. Therefore, PGC and DCNR are developing an ITP application and HCP to address these activities. Please see the link below for frequently asked questions (FAQs) and updates on the project scheduling.
Endangered status proposed for northern long-eared bat
October 18, 2013
This northern long-eared bat has visible symptoms of white-nose synrdome.
Credit: University of Illinois/Steve Taylor
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Northeast populations of the bat, found across all 13 states in the region, have declined by 99 percent since symptoms of the disease white-nose syndrome were first observed in 2006. The Service also determined that the eastern small-footed bat, which has not shown drastic decline at winter hibernacula, does not warrant listing. Comments and information from the public are encouraged through Dec. 2, 2013.