Volume 24, No. 03 - April 11, 2012

Sustainable Bioenergy and Biomaterials

NCASI’s 2012 Northern Regional Meeting will be held May 8-10 in Portland, Maine. The meeting will include a technical session on Sustainable Bioenergy and Biomaterials that will begin at 11:00 a.m. on May 9 and conclude at noon on May 10.

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Eucalyptus presentations available

NCASI and the USDA Forest Service co-hosted the recent Symposium on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Issues Related to Eucalyptus Culture in the Southern United States. More than 100 people participated in sessions on topics such as water use, invasiveness, biodiversity, and fire risk. Symposium presentations are now available.

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Effects of competition control on Douglas-fir biomass and nitrogen content

W.D. Devine and several co-authors have published “Five-year vegetation control effects on aboveground biomass and nitrogen content and allocation in Douglas-fir plantations on three contrasting sites (Forest Ecology and Management 262:2187-2198).

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Recovery strategy for woodland caribou

Environment Canada is working to complete its National Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada. NCASI has prepared technical analyses of selected aspects of the proposed National Recovery Strategy (NRS) for use by members in preparing comments and evaluating potential effects of the NRS on boreal forest management and wood supplies. 

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Draft national strategy for adapting to climate change

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal, state, and tribal partners announced on January 20, 2012 a draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Strategy indicates that Earth’s climate is changing due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and that natural resources, people, communities, and economies in the US are being impacted already.

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Minnesota completes assessment of research needs

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is distributing Minnesota’s Forest Resources Research: Assessment & Need. This report was developed over a three-year period by representatives of government, academia, and industry. Findings and recommendations are based in part on a survey of diverse organizations that have $11.4 million in total annual funding for forest research in the state.

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