Volume 30, No. 01 - January 4, 2018

EPA releases draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released for public comment the draft human health and ecological risk assessments for glyphosate, one of the most widely used forestry herbicides in the United States. The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service initiates status review for tricolored bat

Recently, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued a 90-day finding on a petition requesting that the tricolored bat be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Study assesses use of erosion models for evaluation of stream crossing approaches

Recently, scientists with Virginia Tech, with support from NCASI and others, conducted a study to (1) evaluate performance of five variations of three erosion models using field-informed measures, and (2) assess model utility for identifying stream crossing approaches that may require additional BMPs.

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U.S. Forest Service invites comment on renewal of the National Woodland Owner Survey

The U.S. Forest Service periodically conducts the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) to increase understanding of who owns and manages forestland of the United States, why they own/manage it, how they have used it, and how they intend to use it. Results from the survey are widely used by policymakers and others. The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it is seeking comments from all interested parties on renewal of National Woodland Owner Survey information collection.

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Study finds use of pesticide to suppress hemlock woolly adelgid does not pose risk to aquatic macroinvertebrate communities

Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect pest of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock. Recently, a group of researchers assessed aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in nine streams that flow through hemlock conservation areas where imidacloprid has been used for hemlock woolly adelgid suppression.

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