Volume 08, No. 01 - April 11, 2012

Beneficial use of woody biomass

NCASI Technical Bulletin No. 994, Beneficial Use of Woody Biomass for Energy and Other Purposes summarizes published information regarding current wood residue inventories in Canada and beneficial use options for these residues. The beneficial uses discussed in this report are primarily focused on energy.

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Effects of spatial scale on forest carbon accounting

C.S. Galik and R.C. Abt are the authors of an important new report titled The Effect of Assessment Scale and Metric Selection on the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Woody Biomass. The report demonstrates that spatial scale of analysis can have major effects on models of the “carbon footprint” of biomass energy systems. 

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Relationships between intensive biomass production and biodiversity in North American forests – a literature review

NCASI, in partnership with co-authors from Mississippi State University and Weyerhaeuser, has summarized documented relationships between intensive production of forest biomass and forest biodiversity in North America and identified knowledge gaps. This body of work resulted in four peer-reviewed publications and a comprehensive summary in NCASI Technical Bulletin No. 992, Relationships Between Intensive Biomass Production and Biodiversity in North American Forests – A Literature Review.

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Managing for rare species

NCASI, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the Canadian Wildlife Service, recently undertook a review of the literature on management and monitoring of rare species, the results of which are to be published as “Understanding rarity: A review of recent conceptual advances and implications for conservation of rare species” in the March/April issue of The Forestry Chronicle (Vol. 88, No. 2). The authors are C. Ronnie Drever, Mark C. Drever, and Darren J.H. Sleep.


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Environmental issues related to nanomaterials and the forest products industry

Dr. Vickie Tatum recently prepared a paper reviewing the environmental science of nanotechnology as is relevant to the forest products industry. Her paper includes information on the use of nanomaterials within the industry, environmental fate and toxicity of nanoparticles, and an appendix concerning nanocellulose.

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