Proposed Incidental Take Permit Regarding Forestry Management and Operations on Forest, Park, and Game Lands (PA)
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Game Commission proposes to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat on approximately 3.9 million acres of State lands. The undertakings that warrant this plan consist of individual projects associated with forestry management (regeneration, intermediate/improvement, and salvage cuts) forestry operations (fencing and firewood collection), roads and trails (road and trail construction, maintenance, and use) and prescribed fire (fire breaks and burning). Forest management strategies and uses for these lands, including the removal of timber and prescribed burns, have the potential to impact the foraging, roosting, maternity colony, spring staging, fall swarming and migratory habitat for bat species that occur in Pennsylvania. These individual undertakings are proposed to be permitted for 30 years.