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Endangered species funding will help conservation planning for bats in Pennsylvania

northern long-eared bat
A northern long-eared bat with visible symptoms of white-nose syndrome, a disease that has devastated the species. The comprehensive, landscape-level approach under in Pennsylvania will be a model for ensuring forest management activities continue in a way that effectively benefits the northern long-eared and Indiana bats.
Credit: University of Illinois/Steve Taylor

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will receive $675,000 to continue development of a habitat conservation plan that addresses the effects from forest management activities across 3.8 million acres of state lands to the endangered Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat, a species proposed for listing as endangered. Combined with a 2012 grant, the state has received $1.2 million for the effort. The plan would cover activities such as removing trees for regeneration, harvesting damaged trees, maintaining trails and roads, and conducting prescribed fires, and it would outline how to effectively minimize and mitigate effects to protected bats. The conservation planning complements an aggressive national effort to address white-nose syndrome, which has severely affected both species.

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Tune in to online information webcasts on the northern long-eared bat

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Northern long-eared bat
Credit: University of Illinois/Steve Taylor

August 14, 2014: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts August 19-21 to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern. People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

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Pennsylvania's Indiana Bat Conservation Fund protects important habitat

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Healthy Indiana bats
Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS

June 4, 2014: Since 2012, 1,325 acres of Indiana bat habitat have been conserved using funds from the Indiana Bat Conservation Fund (IBCF). Through the fund, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has purchased 113 acres of swarming habitat in Fayette County in October 2012 using $127,000 from IBCF, and 1,212 acres of swarming and foraging habitat in Blair County in June 2013 using $2,308,000 from IBCF. In August 2014, PGC plans to acquire an additional 642 acres in Blair County with about $1,149,839 from the IBCF, bringing total conserved lands to 1,967 acres.

The IBCF was established to fund the conservation and recovery of the endangered bat, while minimizing the direct, indirect, and cumulative adverse effects that can occur as a result of development and other activities. In most cases, contributions to the IBCF will be from project proponents and permit applicants as compensation for activities that may adversely affect Indiana bats or their habitat. These funds are used solely for real property acquisition and permanent Indiana bat habitat protection, although these lands are available for compatible public recreational use, such as hiking, hunting, bird watching. Additionally, other entities that want to further the conservation and recovery of the Indiana bat may donate funds to the IBCF for the purpose of permanently protecting Indiana bat habitat.

The IBCF is administered by the PGC, who, in partnership with the Service, purchase or acquire real property interests to be retained and managed in perpetuity for the benefit of the Indiana bat consistent with the purposes of the Endangered Species Act.


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Last updated: September 10, 2014
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