Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Because of its statutory responsibility to manage publicly-owned free-ranging wildlife resources in trust, the lead agency at the state level is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) Wildlife Division (WLD). Within WLD, responsibility for planning and implementation is principally distributed across three positions/subgroups: a. Endangered Species Program Coordinator, responsible for general oversight; b. Western Upper Peninsula Field Biologist, responsible for field aspects within the area in which the vast majority of bat hibernacula are located; c. Wildlife Disease Laboratory, responsible for disease diagnostics, epidemiology, control and biosecurity planning. In addition, because the most of the bat hibernacula in Michigan (MI) occur in abandoned iron and copper mines, and management of safety repairs and inventory for most of those mines that are on state lands falls under the administrative responsibility of MDNRE Forest Management Division (FMD), that agency is a primary cooperator. See full document here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/MichiganWNSPlanFINAL122010_342261_7.pdf

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