Bat Conservation and Mining
Recently Published Proceedings
Protecting Threatened Bats at Coal Mines: A Technical Interactive Forum
August 31 – September 3, 2010 Charleston, WV
Contact Kimery Vories (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a paper copy.
The Indiana Bat and Coal Mining
Guidance Documents Newly Released for Guidance on Permits within Indiana Bat Habitat:
Fish and Wildlife Federal Register Notices:
Office of Surface Mining Responses to USFWS:
On March 1, 1999, OSM convened its first multi-agency, multi-interest group, steering committee made up of people who have experience in this area in order to initiate planning for a technical interactive forum on the subject of Bat Conservation and Mining.
To date, OSM has cosponsored four technical interactive forums related to bat conservation and mining.
On November 14-16, 2000, the OSM and BCI cosponsored a technical interactive forum on Bat Conservation and Mining in St. Louis, Missouri. The Objective was to initiate increased cooperation between concerned State and Federal agencies and conservation groups interested in protecting bats in conjunction with mining and reclamation.
On March 4-6, 2002, OSM cosponsored a forum on Bat Gate Design with the U.S. DOI Fish and Wildlife Service and BCI in Austin, Texas. The objective was to develop a manual on how to best protect important caves and underground mines used by bats through the use of gates and other bat friendly closure devices.
On November 16-18, 2004, OSM cosponsored a forum on the Indiana Bat and Coal Mining in Louisville, Kentucky. The objective was to provide information on increasing efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Federally endangered Indiana Bat (Mysotis sodalis) and the need to better interagency coordination with State Mining Regulatory Authorities during the permitting, mining, and reclamation activities of surface coal mines that potentially impact Indiana Bat habitat.
On August 31-September 3, 2010, OSM sponsored A Technical Interactive Forum on “Protecting Threatened Bats at Coal Mines” in Charleston, WV. The first objective of the forum was to evaluate the implementation of the recently developed Range-wide Indiana Bat Protection and Enhancement Guidelines jointly developed by USFWS, IMCC and OSM. The second objective was investigate the implications of the outbreak of White Nose Syndrome on populations of hibernating north American bats on efforts to protect them during coal mining.
To contact us:
Questions Concerning Bat Conservation & Mining Technology Transfer at OSM should be directed to:
501 Belle St.
Alton, IL 62002 USA
Phone: 618-463-6463 x 5103