Volume 30, No. 02 - February 20, 2018

2018 FIA National User Group Meeting

The 2018 National Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) User Group Meeting will be held on April 24–25, and will be followed by a Carbon Day program on April 26. Participants will learn about current issues affecting the FIA Program, status of various FIA projects, and user applications of FIA data, and will have the opportunity to provide input to FIA program leaders on the needs and priorities of FIA data users. The FIA program of the U.S. Forest Service is the most important source of data and information about forest conditions and trends in the United States.

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Herbicide Registration Review Update

Recently, EPA recently released an Interim Registration Review Decision for the herbicide active ingredient clethodim. According to the 2011 NCASI herbicide use survey (see NCASI Technical Bulletin No. 1031), clethodim (Envoy Plus, Grassout Max) is used in the Pacific Northwest for herbaceous weed control and release. In the interim decision, EPA proposed label changes to reduce off-target spray drift and establish a baseline level of protection against spray drift that is consistent across all clethodim products.

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Paper addresses rodent responses to woody biomass harvesting

Recently, scientists with North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, and Weyerhaeuser Company published a paper in the Journal of Wildlife Management addressing rodent responses to woody biomass harvesting. The investigators experimentally retained different volumes of woody debris in clumped and dispersed patterns following clearcut harvesting in intensively managed loblolly pine forests in North Carolina and Georgia.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service status review for Canada lynx indicates recovery in the lower 48 states

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced completion of a five-year status review for the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery.

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