White Nose Syndrome
Caves and Mines Are Closed on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.
All caves and mines on National Forest lands except for Blanchard Springs Caverns are closed to the public to prevent and slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a condition that is killing hundreds of thousands of bats throughout the northeastern United States and confirmed in Arkansas.
- 2019 Regional Cave Closure Order
- Fact Sheet
- White-Nose Flyer
- Bat Facts
- Bats using Blanchard Springs Caverns and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Habitats: Endangered Gray Bat, Myotis grisecens; Keen’s Bat, Myotis keeni; Tricolored Bat (formerly known as the Eastern Pipistrel Bat), Perimyotis subflavus; Endangered Indiana Bat, Myotis sodalis; Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus ; and very occasionally the Red Bat, Lasiurus borealis.
- Video - Battle for Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome
- Video - Disease Killing Millions of Bats