DHA Insights: June 9, 2022
Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule to re‑designate the northern long-eared bat as "endangered," triggering additional land-use restrictions that could hinder timber harvesting operations in 38 states. The Decorative Hardwoods Association joined the Hardwood Federation and several others in commenting on the proposed listing, highlighting how forestry helps bat populations. White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, is what has devastated the northern long-eared bat.
Fortunately, USFWS seems to recognize that forestry is not the problem, but the Endangered Species Act has a long history of litigation that could pose challenges. DHA and partners will continue to advocate for recognition of the benefits of forestry.
If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association
Photo © Keith Shannon/USFWS