White-nose syndrome affects hibernating bats and is causing the death of thousands. So far, it has only been found in the eastern part of the United States. However, it has spread quickly to several states and Canadian provinces since its discovery in 2006. Our Region contains a high diversity of bat species. There are many caves and abandoned mines in this Region that are used by bats for hibernating or roosting. The best strategy in preventing the spread of white-nose syndrome is to begin decontamination procedures, develop response plans, and start surveillance for white-nose syndrome.
The Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive (TES) Species Program is dedicated to conserve and recover plant and animal species that need special management attention and to restore National Forest and Grassland ecosystems and habitats.