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AF&PA concerned forestry activities supporting northern long-eared bat habitat will be hindered by new listing

AF&PA concerned forestry activities supporting northern long-eared bat habitat will be hindered by new listing

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species.

“We are concerned that listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened will hinder forest management activities that provide habitat for the animal rather than address and find treatment for the acknowledged threat to the species: white-nose syndrome. While we believe this action is preferable to Fish and Wildlife’s original proposal to list as endangered, we hope the service will exempt forest management activities that support rural communities and forest products manufacturing activities.”

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