This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Division of Forestry announced an agreement to promote the survival, conservation, and recovery of the federally endangered Indiana bat on state forests within Kentucky.
The agreement provides a streamlined and programmatic approach to evaluating potential impacts and conservation benefits to the Indiana bat that will result from specific forest management activities occurring on state forests. It also will measure and track the benefits to Indiana bat recovery that are achieved through implementation of those activities.
Some of these recovery benefits include:
- improving Indiana bat summer maternity habitat and fall swarming habitat;
- focusing new state forest acquisitions in areas of known Indiana bat habitat, and
- maintaining the condition of potential and occupied Indiana bat habitat on state forests so that the habitat can be utilized by the bats.