NE Ohio parks seek conservation bank to help bats

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio park district has requested federal permission to create a conservation bank intended to help a dwindling bat population using money that would be paid by developers doing projects that could affect the species.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/Kxx8Mv ) reports the Summit County agency's request would create Ohio's first conservation bank.

The proposal aims to help northern long-eared bats, whose numbers have been sharply reduced by a deadly fungus. Developers would pay to get credits enabling them to proceed with projects that could hurt the species. That money could be used to protect bat habitat in and around a park in northern Summit County.

The park district would need permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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