Workshop “Relationships between Fire Management and Quality of Bat Habitat”
April 30, 2014 - May 1, 2014
Location: “Rotunda Room” at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky.
Registration Information: The two-day workshop is organized by the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS). The workshop will begin at 9:30 am on April 30, 2014, and conclude by 4 pm on May 1, 2014. Attendees must register for the workshop. There is no registration fee, but there is only room for 100 people to attend. For more information, view the event page.
Purpose: To synthesize and share findings about the relationships between prescribed fires, insect prey availability, canopy structure, and bat foraging areas in mixed-oak forests. Results will be presented in a multi-trophic context that that will be relevant for stewards and scientists alike across the Appalachians and Oak Woodlands Consortia.
More Information: Prescribed fires in mixed-oak forests are thought to improve bat foraging habitat, outweighing the risks from smoke and heat exposure during fires. However, relatively few studies about the relationships between fire and habitat quality have been published.
The workshop will synthesize and share new findings about the relationships between prescribed fire, insect prey availability, canopy structure, and bat foraging and roosting areas. “The workshop will be relevant for stewards and scientists alike across the Appalachians and Oak Woodlands Consortia,” says Southern Research Station forester, and director of CAFMS, Helen Mohr. The focal study of this workshop evaluated bat habitat both before and after hibernation in Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, and was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program.
Workshop topics include relationships between bats and forest vegetation, prey consumption patterns and measurements of insect abundance and diversity, use of LiDAR-mapping to assess habitat quality for wildlife such as bats, as well as assessments of multi-year impacts of prescribed fire and herbivory on oak seedling performance. Studies have been ongoing at Mammoth Cave National Park since Fall of 2010, resulting in a data set that is comprehensive in its coverage of forest vegetation, insect herbivores, and bats prior to and concurrent with the arrival of white-nose syndrome. In addition to studies at Mammoth Cave National Park, results will also be presented from studies in other North America, including the Appalachian and Ouachita Mountain regions.