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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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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.