Important habitat for a threatened bat species will be preserved thanks to a new open-space easement recorded by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in Southampton County.
The easement on the “Shand’s Tract,” as it is referred to as, was supported by $700,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Act and $50,000 from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and gives grants to shield environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests in North Carolina and Virginia.
The house involves eight,000 feet of frontage along the Nottoway River, as nicely as 425 acres of cypress and tupelo swampland. In addition to assisting shield the tract, Enviva funds will be utilised to improve public access by supporting the acquisition of a boat ramp that will be owned by the town of Courtland, providing the public permanent access to the waterway.
The cypress swamp forest that will be preserved is of higher ecological and conservation worth. These bottomlands supply shelter for various species of bats most impacted by the white-nose syndrome — a fungal illness related with the death of millions of bats. Through late spring and summer time, bats rely on the big mature trees for roosting and for rearing their young. The bats also supply a all-natural and financial advantage to farmers and foresters in the neighborhood by consuming tons of damaging insects and pests.
“In addition to supplying a dwelling for the bats, the riparian river frontage is a higher priority watershed, as it is dwelling to at least two documented threatened aquatic species and various neo-tropical and migratory bird species,” mentioned VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph. “We so appreciate the funding produced offered via the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund to conserve critical habitats like this 1 in our state, as nicely as all of our partners in this project, which includes Ducks Limitless and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
“At the Endowment, we are committed to each forests and the people today that rely on them,” mentioned Carlton Owen, President and CEO of the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. “These forests that will be protected are of important worth not only simply because they are dwelling to threatened and endangered species, but simply because they also supply flood mitigation solutions and contribute to the high-quality of life for the communities that surround them.”