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White-Nose Syndrome: Planning and Preparation Strengthen in the Midwest
Midwest Region, July 9, 2012
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The many partners across the Midwest were some of the first to respond to white-nose syndrome on a national level, making my job much easier to sell to those across the Midwest. As the Region 3 White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator, I have focused on the building and strengthening of programs and partnerships across the many federal, state and non-governmental organizations in the world of bat conservation. Recognizing there may not be a bat ecologist/biologist in each and every resource agency program, all eight states in the Service's Midwest Region now have a designated biologist to address the topic of WNS. More importantly, this designation has led to all eight states actively engaging in the National WNS Grants to States Program. With WNS not only on the doorstep of all the Midwest, but in the living room of southern part of the region, their level of commitment brought $281,130 in funding that will assist Midwestern state natural resource agencies in surveillance and monitoring of caves and mines where bats hibernate, preparing state response plans and other related projects. It is hoped that these securements will foster greater collaboration and contributions from the many partners well into the future.


WNS Grants to States
2012 Final Awards for the Midwest
State Final Award
Illinois $ 27,580.00
Indiana $ 23,600.00
Iowa $ 25,500.00
Michigan $ 49,500.00
Minnesota $ 38,900.00
Missouri $ 20,000.00
Ohio $ 46,050.00
$ 50,000.00

*To view the collective list of awardees (30 states in all) from the WNS Grants to States, please go to http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/news/usfws-awards-grants-30-states-white-nose-syndrome-work-july-9-2012

Contact Info: Richard Geboy, 812-334-4261 Ext 1210, richard_geboy@fws.gov
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