This past spring, citizens made clear that commercial timbering in state parks was not an acceptable solution for the parks’ maintenance backlog. Now, with a new legislative session on the horizon, people are thinking about alternative funding sources that could be used to preempt any more bad ideas from the legislature. Recently, Robert Beanblossom, who […]
Help us push back against logging in flying squirrel habitat!
Here is the sample text we are providing for comments:
I am writing to object to the proposed timbering in over 80 acres of West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel (WVNFS) habitat in the Spruce Mountain Grouse Management Area.
-WVNFS are strongly associated with mature intact forest, and timbering would degrade their habitat.
-Many of the food sources that WVNFS rely on are most abundant in mature forest, and the structural characteristics of mature forest provide shelter.
-Habitat connectivity in intact forests allows WVNFS to travel, and supports the genetic viability of WVNFS populations.
All of these benefits could be lost if the area is timbered. Flying squirrels are a sensitive species, and have been termed a "sentinel of ecological processes" by researchers.
I am also concerned that this project may adversely impact rare bat species, such as the northern long-eared bat. Please protect habitat for these sensitive species from timbering.
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