Results and Accomplishments
Bats and Mines Partnership: Under this cooperative effort, mining companies, state and federal government agencies, and local municipalities have avoided substantial but mandated mine closure costs, protected the public from safety hazards, and addressed critical habitat needs for more than a dozen bat species. The partnership prevented additional species from being federally-listed as endangered, including the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii). Listed species such as the Federally-endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) also have benefited greatly from the project.
Bracken Bat Cave: With assistance from private funding sources, the BCI purchased the Bracken Bat Cave and surrounding acreage in 1992. In 2002, working with private and public interests, BCI was a key force in protecting nearly 700 acres of land in the Edwards Aquifer and Recharge Zone, which serves as a conservation buffer zone around Bracken Cave. The BCI plans to establish a world-class interpretive center about bats on a small part of this land.