Volume 24, No. 08 - October 17, 2012

Assessing species at risk

To enhance understanding of the complexities involved in “at risk” designations, NCASI will soon release a Technical Bulletin titled Review of the History and Scientific Basis for Species at Risk Listings in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities. This report will document the scientific theory and ecological underpinnings of species at risk assessments, review the methodologies used by both the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and suggest possible means to improve the process.

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NCASI comments on Bicknell’s thrush

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a 90-day finding on a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity requesting that the Bicknell’s thrush be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and that critical habitat be designated. NCASI has submitted technical comments on the 90-day finding to the Service. Best available information indicates that the Bicknell’s thrush population in the US is stable or increasing.

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Agencies propose changes to regulations for designating critical habitat

Agencies propose changes to regulations for designating critical habitat The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service routinely designate critical habitat for species federally listed as threatened or endangered. Critical habitat is considered by the agencies to be necessary for

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Eight freshwater mussels in the Southeast listed as threatened or endangered

Eight freshwater mussels in the Southeast listed as threatened or endangered The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that eight freshwater mussels found in Alabama and Florida have been federally listed as threatened or endangered (77 Federal Register 61664- 61719). The Alabama pearlshell ( Mar

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Wet storage of logs

NCASI is distributing Special Report 12-04, Examination of Fiber Yield and Wood Quality from Roundwood in Wet Storage. This report documents NCASI’s initial efforts to develop protocols for collection and analysis of wood samples from logs in wet storage.

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Forests, carbon, and energy

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is distributing Facts and Trends: Forests, Forest Products, Carbon & Energy. NCASI provided extensive technical support to WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group in the drafting of the report.

 

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New methods for remotely detecting isolated wetlands

Using data from a low-relief managed forest landscape in the coastal plain of North Carolina, investigators with Clemson University, in association with Weyerhaeuser Company and NCASI, recently developed new remote sensing methods to aid in detection, management, and conservation of isolated wetlands.

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