Volume 24, No. 06) - August 22, 2012

NCASI comments on critical habitat proposal for northern spotted owl

NCASI has submitted technical comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Service’s proposal to revise designated critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal indicates that 13,962,449 acres in California, Oregon, and Washington meet the Service’s definition of critical habitat. Identified areas include more than 1.2 million acres of private forest land.

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Supreme Court will review NEDC v. Brown

In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently initiated a status review to investigate whether the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake warrants federal listing as Threatened In the 90-day finding announcing the status review, the Service emphasized the importance of fire-maintained longleaf pine forests as habitat, cited several assertions in the petition about the adverse effects of planted forests on the species, and requested data and other information regarding this species. NCASI submitted comments to the Service on the 90-day finding. 

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NCASI comments on status of eastern diamondback rattlesnake

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list 53 amphibians and reptiles as “threatened” or “endangered.” NCASI will be reviewing the petition and preparing technical comments.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service petitioned to list 53 species of amphibians and reptiles

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list 53 amphibians and reptiles as “threatened” or “endangered.” NCASI will be reviewing the petition and preparing technical comments.

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Long-Term Site Productivity program: 10 year results

The North American Long-Term Site Productivity program (LTSP) addresses short- and long-term effects of harvest-related disturbance on fundamental soil productivity (i.e., the capacity to capture carbon and produce biomass). The LTSP program reached an important milestone earlier this year with the publication of “Effects of organic matter removal, soil compaction, and vegetation control on 10th year biomass and foliar nutrition: LTSP continent-wide comparisons” (Forest Ecology and Management 278:35-54).

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Global Energy Partnership

The Global Bioenergy Partnership provides a mechanism for Partners to organize, coordinate and implement targeted international research, development, demonstration and commercial activities related to production, delivery, conversion and use of biomass for energy, with a focus on developing countries. In December 2011, GBEP published The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy. This report presents 24 indicators of sustainability regarding the production and use of modern bioenergy, broadly defined. 

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