June 09, 2022

DHA eNews - USFWS Advances Proposed Endangered Species Listing For Bat

This Week's Insights

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

DHA Pushes For Win-Win On Bat Endangered Species Listing

Decorative Hardwoods Association joined the Hardwood Federation and dozens of forest industry associations in highlighting and reinforcing the vital role of forestry in the survival and recovery of the northern long-eared bat. To see our comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed endangered species listing, click on "Source" above.

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