Bat Conservation and Mining
|Protecting Threatened Bats at Coal Mines: A Technical Interactive Forum
August 31-September 3, 2010
|Potential Effects of Surface Mining Blast Vibration on Bat
Hibernacula: Report by the State of West Virginia
December 31, 2006
|Indiana Bat and Coal Mining
November 16-18, 2004
|Bat Gate Design Forum
March 4-6, 2002
|Bat Conservation and Mining
November 14-16, 2000
|The Indiana Bat and Coal Mining Guidance Documents Newly Released for Guidance on Permits within Indiana Bat Habitat|
|Joint FWS/OSMRE/IMCC Guidance Document|
|Fish and Wildlife Federal Register Notices|
|Draft Revised Indiana Bat Recovery Plan|
|5-Year Review of Indiana Bat Endangered Species|
|Petition on Indiana Bat Summer Habitat|
|Office of Surface Mining Responses to USFWS|
|Response to 5-year Review|
|Response to Revised Recovery Plan|
Bat Conservation and Mining Steering Committees
On March 1, 1999, OSMRE 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. The following is a list of those members:
- Bat Conservation International, Inc.
- Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology
- Colorado Division of Wildlife
- Kansas Surface Mining Section
- The law firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, and Kirkland, PPLC
- New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division
- Pennsylvania Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
- Pennsylvania State Game Commission
- Tennessee Technological University
- U.S. DOI Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. DOI Geological Survey
- U.S. DOI Office of Surface Mining
- Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining
OSMRE Sponsored Bat Conservation and Mining Technical Interactive Forum Proceedings
To date, OSMRE has cosponsored four technical interactive forums related to bat conservation and mining.
On August 31-September 3, 2010, OSMRE 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 OSMRE. 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.
On November 16-18, 2004, OSMRE 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 March 4-6, 2002, OSMRE 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 14-16, 2000, the OSMRE 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.