Workshop April 30 – May 1: Fire Management and Quality of Bat Habitat


Endangered Indiana bats roosting in a cave. Photo by Andrew King, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Register now: “Relationships between Fire Management and the Quality of Habitat for Bats: A Workshop for Scientists and Land Managers”

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 Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS) is sponsoring a two-day workshop to 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 U.S. Forest Service 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.

Attendees must register for the workshop. Registration is free, but there is only room for 100 people to attend. The workshop will be held in the Rotunda Room at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, Kentucky. Sixty-two hotel rooms have been set aside for attendees. The workshop will begin at 9:30 am on April 30, 2014 and conclude by 4 pm on May 1, 2014. For more information, view the event page.

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.   

For more information, email Helen Mohr at

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