Roach-Bauer Forum on Forest Bats Announced

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 26, 2016 – The Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum will host a panel consisting of a bat conservationist, a federal land manager with bat expertise, and a state land manager with bat expertise on Thursday, October 6, at the Kane Country Club in Kane, Pa. Greg Turner is a nationally renowned bat specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Pam Shellenberger is a federal biologist with expertise in bat regulations, rules, legal aspects, and biology. Ben Jones is a habitat specialist for the PGC. The three of them have worked together in helping land managers across the region implement the new Final Rule for the federal endangered Northern Long-Eared Bat.

Together, their presentations will touch upon the latest research in White Nose Syndrome disease of bats, hibernacula research, bat species population trends, potential long-term genetic recovery, and expected survival and resistance to White Nose Syndrome. In addition, the latest rules, regulations, legal requirements, and challenges to the Final 4(d) Rule for Northern Long-Eared Bat will be summarized.

This panel discussion will be of interest to ALL forest managers in learning more about what they can and MUST do to protect bats, any people interested in the general conservation of bats, and hikers and cavers.

Mr. Greg Turner is currently a Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Division of the PGC and leads the Endangered and Nongame Mammal Conservation Program. Greg completed his B.S. in Biology from Wilkes University and his M.S. from Frostburg State University in Maryland in 2001. Greg, a Pennsylvania native, enjoys the outdoors with his wife and family.

Dr. Ben Jones is Chief of the PGCs Habitat Division. Ben holds a Pd.D. in Forestry & Wildlife science from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Mississippi State, and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries (Forest Science minor) from Penn State. Professionally, Ben is interested in landscape scale use of forest management and prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat.

Pam Shellenberger is a Biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pennsylvania Field Office in State College. She has been working for the Service for over 11 years focusing mainly on Section 7 and Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act. Pam completed her B.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies at Shippenburg University in 1999. A native of Pennsylvania, Pam enjoys running, canoeing, geocaching, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and three children.

The Kane Country Club is located on U.S. Route 6 about three miles east of Kane, Pa. Preceding the talk will be a no-host social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will start immediately after dinner. Reservations are required! Early reservations received on or before Thursday, September 22, will be $25.00. Reservations received after September 22 will be $30.00. No reservations will be accepted after September 30. The cost for full-time students pursuing a natural resource degree is $6.00.

For reservations, contact the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, PO Box 133, Kane, Pa., 16735, at 814-837-8550 or FAX 814-837-4950, or e-mail hardwood@penn.com.