Volume 27, No. 09 - September 28, 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiates Endangered Species Act status reviews for 23 species

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced 90-day findings on various petitions to list, reclassify, or delist 25 fish, wildlife, or plant species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Report describes the status and trends of bottomland hardwood forests in the Albemarle Sound

The 6-million-acre Albemarle Sound, draining from southeast Virginia into northeast North Carolina, contains some of the largest areas of bottomland hardwood forest in the Eastern United States. A recent report by Jean H. Lorber of The Nature Conservancy and Anita K. Rose of the U.S. Forest Service uses data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program to describe the current state of the Sound’s forests. 

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Publication documents nutrient concentrations in small headwater streams following forestry operations using modern best management practices

A recent publication reports results from a study that evaluated the effects of modern forest operations (harvest, yarding, site preparation, planting, and competition control with BMPs) in loblolly pine forests on nutrient concentrations and yields in adjacent small headwater streams.

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Paper evaluates use of remotely sensed information in national forest inventory systems

A recent paper describes results from a study that used simulation to investigate the extent to which the detrimental effects of a reduced forest sampling effort can be ameliorated with information obtained from multi-year remotely-sensed images. 

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Registration opens for 2015 Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Symposium

The 2015 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Science Symposium will be held on December 8 – 10 in Portland, Oregon with a theme of “Pushing Boundaries – New Directions in Inventory Techniques & Applications.”

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Study to assess sources of Douglas-fir site resilience to intensive harvesting

NCASI is providing support for a study led by Dr. Jeff Hatten from the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University to assess the potential sensitivity of forested sites to whole-tree harvesting. The study is part of a larger effort supported by Weyerhaeuser Company and a large grant from the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)

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