Volume 30, No. 03 - March 5, 2018

Forestry best management practices and conservation of aquatic and riparian species

Following passage of the Clean Water Act, forestry best management practices (BMPs) were developed and implemented to protect water quality. Forestry BMPs address potential impacts of management by significantly reducing or eliminating sediment, nutrient, and other pollution inputs. Recently, authors with Virginia Tech and NCASI conducted a review of the scientific literature to document how forestry BMP implementation affects aquatic and riparian species.

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Technical session at Eastern Regional Meeting to focus on at-risk species conservation

On June 5, 2018, the NCASI Eastern Regional Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, will feature a forestry technical session focused on conservation of at-risk species in working forests. Speakers will address topics such as the link between forestry best management practices and conservation of aquatic species, gopher tortoise conservation in working forests, environmental DNA and its potential role in at-risk species conservation, the status of bat species affected by white-nose syndrome, and collaborative conservation and research activities involving forest landowners and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Observations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes solicited

In response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is continuing its review of the status of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake  to determine whether the species warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened or endangered species. NCASI is currently soliciting information about observations of the snake to improve understanding of its distribution and habitat associations.

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Paper compares water quality effects of contemporary and historical forestry practices

Recently, authors at Oregon State University published a paper resulting from the Alsea Watershed Study Revisited that addresses the effects of contemporary harvesting practices on suspended sediment concentrations and yields, and compares sediment yields from stands managed under contemporary harvest practices with those managed using historic practices.

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Scientists studying long-term response of birds in Minnesota to forest management

Recently, the University of Minnesota–Duluth, UPM-Blandin Paper Company, Potlatch Corporation, and NCASI have been collaborating on a study to document long-term changes in breeding bird communities in response to forest harvest. The investigators are sampling birds in several large plots in managed forests in Minnesota. 

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