Chariton Hills Conservation Bank
Chariton Hills Conservation Bank is approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to provide mitigation offsets for impacts to the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) in Missouri.
The Indiana bat inhabits caves and forests of the eastern and midwestern U.S. and has been federally listed as endangered for nearly five decades. The northern long-eared bat is a similar species that uses caves and forests in much of the eastern and midwestern U.S. and was federally listed as threatened in 2015. Currently, nearly one-third of the global Indiana bat population hibernates in an abandoned mine in Hannibal, Missouri, known as the Sodalis Nature Preserve. Northern long-eared bats hibernate in small groups in caves, mines and rock crevices scattered throughout Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Upon emergence from hibernacula in the spring, these species migrate to establish summer maternity colonies in suitable habitat throughout northern Missouri, southern Iowa and western Illinois. The concentration of Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats in this tristate area presents significant opportunities to benefit these species within their entire range through summer maternity habitat preservation and long-term management.
A USFWS-approved conservation bank can provide mitigation offsets to third parties who have project impacts within the bank service area in the form of pre-approved credits. The use of pre-approved conservation bank credits by clients can expedite permitting efforts, sever specific mitigation obligations, control costs and limit future Endangered Species Act (ESA) obligations. Conservation banks assist the USFWS and its conservation partners in meeting their conservation goals to effectively manage and protect these forest-dwelling threatened and endangered bats by conserving lands and consolidating smaller mitigation requirements into larger, more ecologically viable sites.
The Chariton Hills Conservation Bank (CHCB) is protecting and managing over 1,300 acres of summer maternity habitat in Schuyler and Adair Counties in northeastern Missouri.
If you have a project located in the Chariton Hills service area, contact us today to learn how the bank can help.