Legislation Addressing Northern Longeared Bat Listing Imminent


Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) is expected to roll out legislation next week that would allow forest management in the Northern Longeared Bat’s (NLEB) 38 state range to continue once the bat is listed as “endangered” as expected. More information will be provided later this month on this bill, but it is being raised now with the hope that industry lobbying efforts will be bipartisan. The lumber sector worked hard in 2014-15 to secure a workable solution for both protecting the bat and preserving the ability for forest landowners to sustainably manage their forest landholdings in the bat’s habitat range.