The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has scheduled a virtual public information meeting and virtual public hearing on April 7, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:30pm Central Time (CT); the meeting portion will be from 6:00-7:30pm CT, followed by the public hearing from 7:30-8:30pm CT. The virtual public meeting and hearing are intended to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposed reclassification of the northern long-eared bat from a threatened to an endangered species on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
The Service will hold the virtual public meeting and hearing via the Zoom online platform so that participants can attend remotely. During the virtual public meeting, attendees can join by computer or phone to learn about the proposed listing. The virtual public meeting will start with a brief presentation by Service staff followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The virtual public hearing will be the time for attendees to provide their verbal comments on the proposed listing. Commenters may have an allotted time period to provide comments, and the order of commenters will be based on meeting registration. During the public comment period, written comments can also be submitted at https://www.regulations.gov/ by typing FWS-R3-ES-2021-0140 in the search bar.