In 2011, NCASI initiated a review of available technical
information about the effectiveness of forestry best management practices (BMPs)
for roads. The review was conducted by Drs. George Ice and Erik Schilling. Their
report was published recently as NCASI Special Report No. 12-01, Assessing the Effectiveness of Contemporary
Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs): Focus on Roads.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its proposal to revise
designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl under the Endangered
Species Act. The proposal identifies for public comment 13,962,449 acres in
California, Oregon, and Washington that meet the definition of critical
habitat. Identified areas include more than 1.2 million acres of private forest
land. NCASI is reviewing the critical habitat
proposal and draft Environmental Impact Statement for barred owl removal with emphasis on statistical
methods and models used by the Service to define critical habitat.
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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. For example,
results of plot-level analyses in this study were inconsistent with results of
analyses at larger spatial scales.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2007. The authors are Cynthia Nickerson, Robert Ebel, Allison Borchers, and
Fernando Carriazo with USDA’s Economic
Big-eared bats (genus Corynorhinus) in the eastern United
States are often associated with hardwood forest habitats and are potentially
at risk due to factors such as habitat loss, disturbance to hibernacula and
maternity sites, contaminants, genetic isolation, and disease. As a result,
big-eared bats in the eastern US are species of special conservation concern. Biologists
have expressed concern that more knowledge is needed before effective management
of these species is possible. A symposium was held in March 2010 to discuss
research findings and future directions in research and conservation. The
proceedings have been published by the Forest Service as Conservation and Management of Eastern Big-eared Bats: A Symposium.