Northern Long-Eared Bat and You part 20
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will be protecting the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a THREATENED species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also announced an interim 4(d) rule which provides protection from incidentally harming or killing bat(s) as a result of certain activities; including forest management, limited expansion of transportation and utility rights-of-way and limited tree removal projects so long as these activities protect known maternity roost trees and hibernation caves. The interim rule also allows for removal of hazardous trees.
Public comment regarding a final version of the 4(d) rule will be accepted until July 1, 2015. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will finalize the rule by December 31, 2015 based on additional information it receives.
Public comments can be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov/ In the search bar, enter FWS-R5-ES-2011-0024