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. The agency monitors and protects hibernating bat colonies, collects data for various research programs pertaining to WNS, provides permits for certain types of WNS and bat research, regulates the protection of bats and their habitats, and works at the regional and national scale on the response to WNS. NHFG biologists serve on the National WNS Investigative Team, the Communications Working Group and the Conservation and Recovery Working Group. NH is involved in a multi-state effort to investigate the use of military bunkers as current and potential hibernacula that might serve as refugia from WNS or as experimental housing. This effort was sparked by two NH WWII bunkers that house 4 species of hibernating bats which remain clean of WNS for several years after WNS was discovered in NH. The New Hampshire Action Plan for Bats Affected by White-nose Syndrome is the overarching plan for work within the state, and guides participation in multi-state activities.