AF&PA Concerned Forestry Activities Supporting Northern Long-Eared Bat Habitat Will Be Hindered by New Listing

Apr 01, 2015

Contact: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON –American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species.

“We are concerned that listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened will hinder forest management activities that provide habitat for the animal rather than address and find treatment for the acknowledged threat to the species: white-nose syndrome. While we believe this action is preferable to Fish and Wildlife’s original proposal to list as endangered, we hope the service will exempt forest management activities that support rural communities and forest products manufacturing activities.” 

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.