NCASI recently submitted comments in response to the EPA’s “Notice of
Intent to Revise Stormwater Regulations to Specify that an NPDES Permit is not
Required for Stormwater Discharges from Logging Roads and to Seek Comments on
Approaches for Addressing Water Quality Impacts from Forest Road Discharges.”
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On February 17,
2012, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in collaboration with the
Environmental Law Institute, American Forest Foundation, US Forest Service,
National Alliance of Forest Owners, Plum Creek Timber Company, and Southeastern
Lumber Manufacturers Association hosted a technical symposium in Washington, DC
titled “Examining the Effects of Responsible Forest Management on Watershed
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A recently released report, Washington Forest Biomass Supply Assessment, characterizes forest
biomass availability and sustainability on all forest land ownerships in that
state. The study was designed to help ensure that Washington’s forest
biomass-to-energy sector moves forward sustainably.
Constraints on forest management from federal
and state regulations, best management practices, local ordinances, voluntary
conservation, and forest certification programs have expanded in number and
complexity over time as new concerns and interests have arisen. While
constraints are usually placed on forest management with the intent of
promoting desirable environmental and aesthetic benefits, each constraint
potentially reduces the amount of wood fiber and revenue that can be produced.
Scientists at North Carolina State University and the US Forest Service
have developed a model to help managers understand the processes controlling
forest productivity and water quality. The model, DRAINMOD-FOREST, is based on
a platform of hydrology and forest growth models and incorporates data from
field studies and the scientific literature.
The recent 2012 Starker
Lecture Series at Oregon State University (OSU) included a full-day Oregon Forests and Water Symposium
co-sponsored by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. The symposium
highlighted new findings from the Watersheds Research Cooperative at OSU. Dr.
George Brown, dean emeritus, and Dr. George Ice, NCASI Fellow, lectured on Forest Watershed Research: Management under