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Growing hickories (Carya spp.) for roost trees: A method to support conservation of declining bat populations

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Luna, Tara; Lindner, Daniel L.; Dumroese, R. Kasten

Year Published

2014

Publication

Native Plants Journal. 15(1): 66-74.

Abstract

Bats (Vespertilionidae and Phyllostomidae) are a critically important component of North American ecosystems. These insectivorous mammals provide largely unrecognized ecosystem services to agriculture and forest health and sustain bat-dependent native plant populations. The decline of North American bat populations reflects the recent emergence of the fungal disease white nose syndrome (WNS); susceptibility to pollutants; and rapid changes occurring in the North American landscape, such as energy development and associated forest fragmentation and loss. Hickories (Carya L. spp. [Juglandaceae]) are an important roost tree for bats in the eastern US, and we describe how to propagate them in bareroot nurseries.

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Luna, Tara; Lindner, Daniel L.; Dumroese, R. Kasten. 2014. Growing hickories (Carya spp.) for roost trees: A method to support conservation of declining bat populations. Native Plants Journal. 15(1): 66-74.

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