Volume 29, No. 08 - August 16, 2017

In Memoriam: Ronald A. Yeske

Ronald A. Yeske, 70, former President of NCASI, passed away on June 19 at his home in Anderson, South Carolina. Family, friends, and NCASI colleagues gathered for a memorial service held on June 25. Dr. Yeske provided dedicated leadership to NCASI for more than 20 years, beginning in December 1994. Dr. Yeske retired in January 2015 after guiding NCASI through a period of organizational challenges and transitions.

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2017 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting forestry session

The 2017 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting is scheduled for September 26-27 in Vancouver, Washington. The forestry technical session (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27), is titled Forest Resource Assessment and Sustainability in the Pacific Northwest. The session will include speakers from across the region who will discuss results from studies of long-term site productivity under intensive silvicultural practices, including effects of biomass harvesting and residue removal, and assessments of forest productivity, timber production, and wood supply.

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Federal agencies publish proposed rule rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army have issued a proposed rule to initiate the first step in a two-step process intended to rescind and revise the definition of “waters of the United States” consistent with a Presidential Executive Order signed on February 28, 2017.

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Report describes relationships between forest products demand and forest area, inventory, and productivity

A recent report focused on the US South suggests that increased demand for forest products has led to greater forest productivity, increased forest inventory, and stability in forested area. The report, Historical Perspective on the Relationship between Demand and Forest Productivity in the US South, analyzes data from the U.S. Forest Service data and others to describe the relationships between changes in demand and supply from 1953 to 2015. 

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Paper reports on productivity of loblolly pines on wet sites 23 years after harvesting

Intensively managed pine forests occur throughout the southeastern United States and provide a large proportion of global demand for forest products. Many of these forests are located on coastal plain wet flats. Recently, Virginia Tech, the U.S. Forest Service, and NCASI collaborated to study the long-term response of loblolly pine forests on wet sites 23 years after harvest and site preparation. The investigators reported study results in a paper published in Forest Ecology and Management.

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