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Protecting Bats at Coal Mines

Published on January 12, 2010
Written by Admin

Protecting Bats at Coal Mines: A Technical Interactive Forum August 31 - September 3, Charleston, WV

1. Background: This forum will assess the impact to all hibernating bat species in the eastern half of the U.S. of the recent deadly outbreak and spread of a fungus, new to the North American continent, known as the White-Nose Syndrome. The forum will also assess the effectiveness of the newly developed Range-wide Indiana Bat Protection and Enhancement Plan Guidelines for developing coal mining permits for an endangered bat species developed as a joint effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Office of Surface Mining, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. This forum is necessary to inform all of the affected states and agencies of the cooperative efforts that will be necessary to protect this important life form.


Topics Covered:

(1) White-Nose Syndrome Impacts on Bats and Mining

(2) Federal Efforts for the Recovery of the Indiana Bat

(3) Status of State Permitting/Recovery/Mitigation/Implementation Strategies

(4) Status of On the Ground Recovery Efforts
(5) Ongoing Research Efforts and Research Needs

Target Audience: Representatives of State Regulatory Authorities, OSM, State Wildlife Agencies, USFWS, Consultants, and University experts concerned with protection of the Indiana bat associated with coal mining.

Contact: Kimery Vories (Forum chairperson) at 618-463-6463 x 5103, on the internet at, or register online at