Carlton and Aitkin County, Minnesota Recognized for Leadership in Research of Northern Long-eared Bat

 


(Minneapolis, MN) - The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership recently presented awards to Carlton County and Aitkin County for their leadership in the forestry community, including recent efforts in researching the habitat needs of northern long-eared bat.

 

Greg Bernu, Carlton County Land Commissioner, was awarded the Partnership Leadership Award from the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP). Mark Jacobs, Aitkin County Land Commissioner, was awarded the Professional Development Award from the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP). The awards were presented at the quarterly meeting of the MFRP Board of Directors held in Duluth April 7.

 

Greg Bernu (l), County Land Commissioner was awarded the Partnership Leadership Award from the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership by Board officer, Craig Halla (r), Molpus Timber Management.

 

"Greg's commitment to Minnesota's woodlands is exemplified both through his service to the MFRP, as well as his participation and engagement with all landowners - be they federal, state, or private," noted MFRP Executive Director Kathleen Preece.

 

The acknowledgement was based particularly on commitments to research and education as they pertain to the northern long-eared bat. The bat is being proposed for the federal endangered species list due to a fungal disease. The listing could potentially restrict forest management activities during the summer months when the bats inhabit the forest. The detrimental impacts this would have to the local community have spurred research and discussions across the state.

 

Jacobs has led legislative tours at both the national, state, and local levels, in an effort to inform and education policy makers. As well, he has committed his time to research to study the bat's use of local woodlands.

 

Mark Jacobs (l), Aitkin County Land Commissioner was awarded the Professional Development Award from the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership by Dennis Thompson (r).

 

According to MFRP Executive Director Kathleen Preece, "Mark's commitment to understanding this woodland species, as well as his passion for healthy and viable forests has earned Jacobs the respect of forestry colleagues across the state."

 

The research of northern long-eared bats is a collaborative effort between Dovetail Partners and land managers in Northern Minnesota, including Aitkin County Land Department, Carlton County Land Department, and UPM Blandin. The Long Lake Conservation Center, an environmental learning center in Aitkin County, is also a partner to assist with the education goals of the project.  The work is supported by the Ecofootprint Grant Program funded by Enbridge, with additional support provided by UPM Blandin Paper Company.

 

More information about activities related to Northern Minnesota Bat Research and Education is available at the Dovetail webpage addressing Bat-Friendly Forestry: www.dovetailinc.org/programs/land_use/bat_friendly_forest_management

 


 

About the Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership
The Minnesota Forest Resources Partnership (MFRP) is a non-profit corporation whose board is comprised of the state's largest land managers and landowners, including: US Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Power, county land departments, forest industry, and private landowners.