Lake States Forest Management Bat HCP
All cave-hibernating bats are in decline due to the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. It is likely that four bat species will be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are currently developing the Lake States Forest Management Bat Habitat Conservation Plan (Lake States HCP). Developing an HCP is complex and time-consuming. Once approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, states can apply for a federal permit. The permit would allow the incidental take of Indiana bats, northern long-eared bats, little brown bats, and tricolored bats during normal forest management activities across the three states.
Stakeholder Engagement Process
Michigan currently is developing its stakeholder engagement process.
- If any of Michigan's forest bats are reclassified as endangered, forest landowners will need to consider the effect of their activities on the bats.
- Participation in the HCP is voluntary, but is one way to ensure that a landowner's forest management activities can be conducted without impacting endangered species.
- Participants will know they are complying with federal regulations and will provide conservation benefits to bat species while managing their forest.