The National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats provides a strategic framework for the investigation and management of this disease. Its implementation uss working groups to address seven critical elements of the investigation effort, one of which includes Conservation and Recovery. This strategic framework identifies major goals and key action items within each of these elements for a collaborative, continental effort to address this emerging infectious disease of North American cave bats.
The Conservation and Recovery Working Group is responsible for developing an effective plan for monitoring populations of bat species that are or may be affected by white-nose syndrome. It will establish criteria for use in prioritizing conservation and management activities, and will describe best practices and techniques for the conservation and recovery of affected species. This implementation plan is meant to be a dynamic document for use by state, federal and tribal agencies. It will be periodically reviewed and updated by members of the Conservation and Recovery Working Group to incorporate anticipated advancements made by scientists and field biologists.