Event to Highlight Bat-Friendly Forestry

Workshop and field tour to discuss forest management best practices for protecting bat habitat



(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, to learn about bat-friendly forestry. The October 30th workshop will feature the results of 2014 summer bat survey work, including acoustical and mist net surveys done throughout northern Minnesota. Public and private sector researchers will present information about what is known about forest-dwelling bats in the state, current research needs, and the status of the listing process for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB). On October 31st, a field tour will be held that will include visiting forest management treatment sites to review "bat-friendly forestry" activities and discuss alternatives for protecting bat habitat needs.


"The goal is to increase our understanding of bat habitat needs and how our management practices can support bat populations," said Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director.


The workshop will be held at the Butler Building (301 Minnesota Avenue N.) in downtown Aitkin, MN on Thursday October 30th, 2014.


The Field Tour will be held in Aitkin County, MN on Friday, October 31st.


Click here for lodging, registration and additional information.


Workshop sponsors include Dovetail Partners, Aitkin County Land Department, Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners, Blandin Foundation and the Forest Guild.