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

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

Date: 2014

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

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: 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.

Keywords: bat conservation, Juglandaceae, propagation, bareroot, white nose syndrome, Vespertilionidae, Phyllostomidae

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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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