The following is courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service:
“Forest managers and wildlife biologists desiring to improve or maintain forest habitat for bat species affected by white-nose syndrome now have a new reference tool to inform their management decisions: Beneficial Forest Management Practices for WNS-affected Bats: Voluntary Guidance for Land Managers and Woodland Owners in the Eastern United States (see link below). This guidance document was written by the White-Nose Syndrome Response Team’s Conservation and Recovery Working Group and summarizes research on bat and forest management over the past decade. Andy King, a fish and wildlife biologist with the Service’s Indiana Ecological Services Field Office and one of the co-editors of the document, said the need for such guidance was originally raised during a breakout session at the 2013 National WNS Workshop that he and Cathy Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service on the Monongahela National Forest, led. The guidance document contains detailed information, including a glossary of bat and forest management related terms and citations for pertinent scientific literature to help land managers and others interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying science and related issues that were considered when developing the beneficial forest management practices. Until the WNS Response Team has actionable management options for directly treating WNS-affected bats, the working group has focused on developing management tools aimed at alleviating other potential threats to bats wherever possible. The group deemed creating, improving and maintaining existing bat-friendly forests as a crucial means to conserve not only WNS-affected bats, but all bat species in general. The document was prepared and reviewed by a diverse group of volunteers from universities, federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations and covers a wide array of topics including threats and stressors to bats, landscape considerations, vegetation management, snag management, prescribed fire and non-native invasive species.”
That report can be viewed by clicking here.