Volume 30, No. 05 - May 8, 2018

Dr. Eric Vance retires from NCASI service

On April 17, 2018, NCASI recognized Eric D. Vance’s 28 years of service to NCASI during a meeting of the NCASI Eastern Sustainable Forestry Task Group. Dr. Ben Wigley, NCASI’s Vice President, Forestry Programs, recognized highlights of Eric’s career and accomplishments, and Task Group members and NCASI staff joined in the tribute. Dr. Vance will retire from NCASI service on May 9.

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Forestry technical session planned for NCASI Eastern Regional Meeting

NCASI’s 2018 Eastern Regional Meeting will be held on June 4-6 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. The General Session on Monday afternoon (June 4) will feature a keynote speaker and provide summary perspectives of NCASI's contributions over 75 years. A special 75th anniversary celebration dinner will be held that evening at the Georgia Aquarium. Tuesday and Wednesday will offer technical sessions covering Air Quality, Water Quality, Wood Products, Forestry, and Sustainable Manufacturing and Climate.

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Improving studies of species population trends based on historical records of occurrence

Recently, in a paper published in Ecological Modelling, Dr. Craig Loehle and Philip R. Weatherford of NCASI, evaluated the nature and implications of factors that can influence studies that rely on use of historic data gathered over time, such as in museum records or multiple literature records. The authors found that three factors—metapopulation processes, detectability, and population volatility—can confound studies of population trends for species such as pond-breeding amphibians.

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Barred owl habitat selection in West Coast forests

Recently, NCASI completed a study to identify habitat characteristics associated with nocturnal habitat selection (i.e., primarily foraging) by barred owls across a variety of landscapes ranging from a state and national park to intensively managed forests. The investigators developed a general resource selection function that may be useful for evaluating the effects of barred owl presence on population viability of northern spotted owls.

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