Bat Habitat Restoration and Management Opportunities on Corps of Engineers Projects
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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PURPOSE This technical note is a product of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program EMRRP work unit titled Improved Methods for Ecosystem-Based Habitat Management at Corps Projects. The objective of the work unit is to provide appropriate technology on managing wildlife species and their habitats using ecosystem-based strategies. The emphasis is on methods that improve natural resources for a variety of animals rather than single species. Although bats have not traditionally been addressed in Corps of Engineers planning and natural resources management efforts, the recent focus on ecosystem management and inclusion of nongame species in management plans has provided opportunities to improve the restoration and management of natural resources for this very important group of animals. This note provides an overview of the status of bats at Corps projects, identifies protected species and species of concern, describes examples of bat conservation and management programs at selected projects, and provides general information on restoration and management opportunities that may be considered for improving bat habitat at Corps projects.