Vol. 30, No. 08 - August 16, 2018

Forestry technical session planned for NCASI Western Regional Meeting

NCASI’s 2018 Western Regional Meeting will be held on September 24-26 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. The all-day Forestry Technical Session on Wednesday will feature presentations of research on the effects of contemporary forest practices on biodiversity, water, and wildlife. Topics will include terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity and fish responses to contemporary forest management practices, as well as habitat and diet for species of conservation concern.

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Effects of harvesting systems and residue management on aspen productivity

Aspen forests cover more than 12 million acres in the United States and are a particularly important forest type in the Great Lakes region. Aspen forests have long been managed to provide a variety of products and services. Recently, Michael I. Premer and Robert E. Froese with Michigan Technological University, with support from NCASI and others, published results from a study in Michigan that sampled soil conditions and forest regeneration, and projected growth and yield on sites that were harvested with cut-to-length equipment with harvest residues placed in operational corridors. This practice has sometimes been recommended to spread the surface load posed by equipment and reduce the potential for soil compaction.

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Federal agencies propose rules to adjust implementation of ESA

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries proposed revisions to several regulations related to implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In announcing the proposed rules, two of which are joint between NOAA Fisheries and the Service, the agencies indicated that the proposed changes are designed to “bring additional clarity and consistency to the implementation of the Act.” The three proposed rules appear in the July 25, 2018, issue of the Federal Register.

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Technical session at SAF Convention

In October, a scientific / technical session at the 2018 Society of American Foresters Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, will explore results from recent and ongoing studies examining the relationships between contemporary forest management practices and biological diversity in working forests of the Pacific Northwest. The session, titled “Forest Management and Wildlife in Working Forests: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest,” was organized by Fran Cafferata Coe of Cafferata Consulting, Dr. Jake Verschuyl of NCASI, and Dr. Jim Rivers of Oregon State University.

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Salmonid responses to contemporary timber harvest practices

Historical forestry practices in the Pacific Northwest, such as those during the first half of the 20th century that disturbed streambeds and streambanks, sometimes had negative consequences for aquatic habitat and vertebrates. Forestry best management practices (BMPs) have since been developed and implemented throughout the region and the nation due, in large part, to findings from the original Alsea Paired Watershed Study (1950s-1960s) in the Coast Range of western Oregon. Although a large body of research indicates that properly implemented forestry BMPs protect water quality, responses of fish populations to BMP implementation are not as well studied. A recently published study in Forest Ecology and Management, however, describes fish population responses to implementation of contemporary forestry BMPs in the Coast Range of western Oregon.

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