The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) submits these comments in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) publication of a proposed rule under authority of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to provide conservation measures for the northern long-eared bat. (80 Fed. Reg. 2371). We understand that this proposal and the conservation measures outlined therein would only take effect if the USFWS determines that a threatened status is appropriate under the ESA.
On behalf of all of the State Foresters in the United States, I want to thank Agency Administrator Kevin Shea, you, and the APHIS leadership team for hosting the meeting with me and other members of the forest sector on March 25. It was a most productive discussion of our shared interests in protecting the health of the nation’s forests.
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