State and local partners

Alabama Department of Conservation
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is a state agency responsible for management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks, and other natural resources.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and the well-being of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working with other states and federal agencies across the U.S. to develop management strategies to prevent or slow the movement of WNS to Arizona.
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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission participates in and supports monitoring of bat populations, including white nose syndrome surveillence, across the state. As a land manager we also work to protect bat populations using caves on AGFC Wildlife Management Areas.
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Arkansas Natural Heritage Commisson
The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission owns and manages caves within the state many with listed karst species. The Commission also works closely with federal and other state organizations in response to the threat of WNS within the state.
Arkansas National Heritage Commission
California Department of Fish and Game
The California Department of Fish and Game’s mission is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. WNS potentially poses a serious threat to the bats of California if it arrives here, and it could undermine ecosystems throughout the state.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks &Wildlife is committed to working with partners on devising practical disease detection and control strategies, managing potential human impacts to bats at caves and inactive mines, and working towards collaborative solutions to provide for cave recreation while minimizing risks of WNS transmission.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

To learn more about bats and white nose syndrome, read the following articles from the Wildlife Division's bimonthly magazine, Connecticut Wildlife.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife
"Multi-Agency Collaboration: Delaware is part of a nation-wide agency team of state and national biologists tracking White-nose Syndrome. This team plans research and projects designed to find answers about the disease.
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWC monitors hibernating and maternity colonies of cave roosting bat species to assess baseline health and population trends. We provide science-based technical assistance to other state agencies and interested partners on the potential impacts of WNS and the management of bat populations.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) developed a WNS plan and are actively participating in education and monitoring/surveillance for WNS in the state. Georgia has several hibernacula, which are surveyed every year to search for signs of WNS. GA DNR also works with the caving community in the state to detect early signs of WNS.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is actively engaged in WNS activities in the state, region, and nation. Our staff participate in biweekly state-federal WNS conference calls, attend national meetings, and serve on WNS-related committees.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in North America, has been found in three additional Illinois counties, bringing to seven the number of new counties where the disease has been found this year. Adams, Carroll and Pike Counties are the most recent counties to be added to the list where WNS has been confirmed.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has statutory authority over all bat species native to Indiana. The agency's involvement with WNS includes components for disease surveillance (active, passive, on-line public reporting), population monitoring (winter hibernacula and summer reproductive season), land management policies, and public education.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
DNR experts have been monitoring bat populations, and state parks staff is educating the public while taking preventative measures to slow the potential spread of White-Nose Syndrome.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently collecting baseline information on bat roosting sites and developing a response plan should White-nose Syndrome turn up in the state.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Suspected white nose syndrome (WNS) was found on bats during a DNR survey of a bat hibernation site in an Allegany County cave near Cumberland on March 5, 2010. Several dead bats and over two hundred visibly affected bats were found during the survey.
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
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.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) works with citizens and partners to conserve and manage the state’s natural areas, native plants and animals; to protect ecological health by addressing threats such as invasive species; and to promote enjoyment and understanding of nature through recreational and educational opportunities
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
In March 2012, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirmed Missouri's first fully developed case of a bat disease known as "white-nose syndrome" (WNS). The name describes a white fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes the disease and typically appears on the faces and wings of infected cave-dwelling bats.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Established by the Legislature in 1901, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission works to conserve Nebraska’s natural resources. The agency has a board of nine commissioners.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
NHFG is the lead agency for monitoring and responding to WNS in New Hampshire. NHFG biologists have been involved in the overall WNS surveillance, monitoring and response effort from the beginning of the multi-state effort in February 2008. WNS was first documented in NH in 2010.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
WHAT IS THE SUMMER BAT COUNT? Historically, bats only used trees as summer roosts. But as more and more habitat is lost to development, man-made structures such as buildings, bridges, and bat boxes have become important bat dwellings. 
TheSummer Bat Count involves finding a roost and counting the bats as they exit in the evening.
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept. - Abandoned Mine Land Program
The Abandoned Mine Land Program (AMLP) of New Mexico evaluates abandoned mines for bat habitat and protects those found to be significant habitat with bat friendly structures that allow ingress and egress while excluding human disturbance except for research.
New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Many thousands of hibernating bats are dying in caves and abandoned mines in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont from unknown causes, prompting an investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as wildlife agencies and researchers around the nation. 

 
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting surveillance for the presence and prevalence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) throughout North Carolina and monitoring bat populations year-round to determine the effects of White Nose Syndrome on our bats. This includes monitoring caves for hibernating bats, mist-netting, and acoustic monitoring during the maternity period.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

In the winter of 2006-07 New York Department of Environmental Conservation found approximately 10,000 bats of the genus Myotis (little brown bats, M. lucifugus, and Indiana bats, M. sodalis) dead and dying in four caves in New York.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the state agency responsible for managing fish and wildlife.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment.
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Our organization has been instrumental from the start in determining and mapping locations of WNS occurrences, initiating summer maternity colony monitoring, developing innovative research collaborations that investigate (just a few for examples): the potential for treatment, investigate the physiological and immune responses of bats afflicted by the disease, developing new non-lethal techniques t
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management - Division of Fish and Wildlife
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management -Division of Fish and Wildlife protects, restores, and manages the fish and wildlife resources of the state.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina’s natural resources. Bats are an important natural resource of significant biological and economic importance. The SCDNR is committed to the detection of WNS and timely sharing of information with partner agencies and organizations and the public. We endeavor to reduce the spread of WNS.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
We are the state agency responsible for the conservation of wildlife, including bats, and we also manage recreational resources such as state parks. We are monitoring bat populations for the signs of WNS, developing a WNS response plan in collaboration with partners, and working with other organizations to educate the public about this threat.
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Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is actively engaged in the fight against White-nose Syndrome. The Department participates in disease surveillance, research, and monitoring of bat populations affected by WNS. Staff within the Department also serve on regional and national committees for coordinating work priorities, including through the National Plan for White-nose Syndrome.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's National Heritage Program
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
"In response to the discovery and spread of WNS, VDGIF and partners initiated three projects to assist in our understanding of WNS and its impacts.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is very concerned about White-nose Syndrome (WNS) impacts upon bat populations and potential ecosystem effects. We are committed to educating the public about bats and WNS, and we are taking actions intended to deal with the management of this disease once it may occur in Washington.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
The WVDNR monitors bat populations by conducting surveys of hibernacula, Virginia big-eared bats maternity colony counts, and acoustic routes statewide. These surveys help document the spread of WNS and its impact on bat populations in West Virginia.
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
"The Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency for WNS response in Wisconsin. The WDNR collaborates with state, tribal, federal and local agencies to control the impacts of WNS in the state. The role of WDNR includes: 1. Manage Wisconsin WNS Surveillance and Response 2. Organize and lead the State’s WNS science and stakeholder advisory groups
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department serves as the lead agency for WNS issues in Wyoming. In cooperation with the Wyoming Bat Working Group we've developed a strategic plan for WNS to address conservation and management issues in Wyoming.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department