New preserve in Missouri aims to protect endangered bats
HANNIBAL (AP) — A nature preserve planned in the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal will be more than a place to picnic or walk in the woods.
It also will serve as a protected area for about 168,000 federally endangered Indiana bats, which hibernate in a former limestone mine that closed a half-century ago and in surrounding caves.
The Sodalis Nature Preserve will be a short distance from the Mississippi River and be of no cost to Mark Twain's hometown.
Canada-based Enbridge Inc. will pay for the land acquisition, management and maintenance as part of a mitigation fund to offset the impact of an oil pipeline to be built nearby.
The preserve will open to the public after land purchases are complete in January.