Volume 23, No. 08 - October 26, 2011

NCASI seeking Forest Watershed Program Manager

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) is seeking an individual of high integrity to lead its Forest Watershed Program when Dr. George Ice retires in mid-2012. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with NCASI member companies to address technical information needs related to regulatory and policy issues affecting the management and harvesting of commercial timberlands.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to six-year work plan for reviewing the status of 251 species

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has approved a work plan submitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to systematically, over a period of six years, review the status of 251 species listed on the 2010 Candidate Notice of Review in order to determine if any of them should be listed as federally threatened or endangered.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service finds that 374 species may warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will conduct a status review of 374 southeastern aquatic, riparian, and wetland plant and animal species to determine if any or all of them warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service made the announcement after reviewing a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity requesting that the Service add 404 species to the list of federally endangered and threatened species.

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Study measures acute toxicity of herbicide mixtures

Results of a NCASI investigation are presented in “Acute toxicity of commonly used forestry herbicide mixtures to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Pimephales promelas” by Dr. Vickie L. Tatum and several co-authors. 

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Black-tailed deer project begins on West Coast

Some black-tailed deer populations have been declining in western Oregon and Washington, and often the declines are attributed to large-scale changes to the structure of their forest habitats. A common hypothesis is that use of herbicides in managed forests contributes to deer population declines by reducing availability of nutritious forbs and shrubs. This hypothesis will be tested in a study of the grazing behavior and nutritional status of trained black-tail deer on a variety of habitat types in forested landscapes.

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Managing accidental releases of petroleum products in forestry operations

NCASI is distributing Technical Bulletin No. 990, Control and Fate of Small Spills and Accidental Releases of Petroleum Products during Forestry Operations. 

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National Report on Sustainable Forests

The USDA Forest Service is distributing its National Report on Sustainable Forests – 2010 (www.fs.fed.us/research/sustain/).

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