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Bat Conservation and Mining

Published Proceedings
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.

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