The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the Northern Long-Eared bat (NLEB) as an endangered species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The key restriction proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service is to avoid cutting timber from April 1st to September 30th where there is bat habitat. This will have an tremendous impact on private forest landowners across 39 states.
The NLEB’s range is enormous, encompassing the following 39 states (including D.C.):
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WV, WI and WY.