BLM to Hold Meeting on New Mexico’s Cave Closures

Cluster of three little brown bats with White-nose syndrome.

Cluster of three little brown bats with White-nose syndrome. Photo by USFWS Headquarters

In an effort to keep the public up to date on the spread of white-nose syndrome and the current cave closure policies in New Mexico, the Bureau of Land Management is holding an informational meeting this Monday, February 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Although white-nose syndrome has not been confirmed in New Mexico, a total of 28 caves in New Mexico have been closed in an effort to help keep it away.

Two years ago, we (BLM) published in the Federal Register a notice that closed caves. Basically, the Federal Register notice only lasted two years. We are coming back and looking at another two-year closure. In the last two years since the notice in the Federal Register, there has been a whole lot of new science and information about white nose syndrome. At the meeting on Monday, we will update the public on how we are managing our cave systems, and why we are closing caves and abandoned mines. Jim Goodbar, Senior Cave and Karst Resource Specialist, BLM Carlsbad Field Office

The meeting will be held at the Carlsbad BLM Field Office located at 620 E. Greene St. Carlsbad, New Mexico. For more information call the office at (575) 234-5972.

White nose syndrome: BLM holding meeting to discuss cave closures to protect bats [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

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