Volume 23, No. 04 - May 31, 2011

Forest biomass session at NCASI Southern Regional Meeting

NCASI’s 2011 Southern Regional Meeting will be held June 13-15 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The meeting will include a full-day technical session on June 14 titled Sustainable Biomass Production and Wood Supply in the South. 

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Forest roads workshop at Southern Regional Meeting

NCASI will host a special half-day workshop on Forest Roads and Skidtrails for the South the morning of June 15 at the Southern Regional Meeting in Memphis.

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Update on conservation planning

NCASI is distributing Technical Bulletin No. 982, A Summary of Conservation Planning Efforts in Forested Regions of the United States: 2010 Update. This report will be of interest to companies that are participating in forest certification programs that include requirements related to conservation of biodiversity. 

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Forestry and conservation

NCASI is distributing Technical Bulletin No. 983, The Role of Forest Management in Maintaining Conservation Values. This report evaluates criteria commonly used to measure biodiversity in managed forests. Where possible, the report distinguishes two influences (ecological/environmental or social), and links each criterion based in science with the supporting literature. 

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May 17 2011 update on Southern Forest Futures Project

The US Forest Service released draft findings from its Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) on May 17, 2011 and will be accepting public comments for 60 days. 

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Ill-posed questions in ecology

The complexity of natural systems creates problems in ecological research that can compromise study results and invalidate conclusions about management implications. These problems are analyzed by Dr. Craig Loehle of NCASI in a recent paper, “Complexity and the problem of ill-posed questions in ecology” (Ecological Complexity 8:60-67).

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