December 2014 webinar: Northern Long-Eared Bats and Forest Management: Lessons Learned Since the Spotted Owl (R.A. Skok Policy Seminar)

A webinar from the University of Minnesota Extension and Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.

Wednesday, December 3 from 3:00-4:30pm

Northern long-eared bat with white-nose syndrome (photo by Steve Taylor, University of Illinois)

This will be a live, interactive broadcast of this year’s R. A. Skok Policy Analysis Seminar where four distinguished panelists will discuss the science and public policy implications of species recovery. The northern long-eared bat has been proposed for federal listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The primary cause of decline is a fungus called white-nose syndrome, which infects the bats and spreads while they hibernate in caves during the winter. It has proven to be fatal up to 99% of the time with no known remedy. Compounding the threat is the loss of summer forest habitat from timber harvesting. The stakes are high. From Maine to North Carolina in the east, to Oklahoma north through the Dakotas, the proposed listing could restrict timber harvesting and other vital activities during summer months.
Panelists: Forrest Boe, Minnesota State Forester; Lynn Lewis, Assistant Regional Director, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Tony Sullins, Endangered Species Chief, US Fish & Wildlife Service; and Danielle Watson, Assistant Policy Director, Society of American Foresters
CE credits: SAF (1.5, Cat. 1)
Register here to: Watch from your computer (no charge) or attend a broadcast site.

Note that the public is welcome to attend in person at the Cargill Building on the University of Minnesota’s St Paul campus as well. Map and parking information can be found here.

If you can’t make it, here’s a link to more upcoming webinars from UMN Extension and the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.



The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry team.

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