Volume 25, No. 01 - January 21, 2013

Carbon footprint of forest fertilization

A recent study shows that fertilization of southern pines is beneficial with respect to greenhouse gas mitigation. In other words, fertilization increases carbon sequestration in forests and forest products by an amount that far outweighs CO2 emissions associated with fertilizer production, transport and application. 

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Conservation of rare species

It is generally understood that risk of extinction tends to increase as population size declines. On the other hand, attempting to conserve hundreds of rare species would have potential to spread resources too broadly. A discussion of this dilemma and related topics is presented in “Understanding rarity: A review of recent conceptual advances and implications for conservation of rare species.”

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IUFRO World Congress – call for session proposals

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will host the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City October 5-11, 2014. The Congress will highlight the contributions forest science is making to address the world’s environmental, social, and economic challenges. All who share an interest in the future of forests and forest science are invited to submit session proposals. Proposals should be submitted no later than April 30, 2013.

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Effects of bioenergy production on wildlife

The Wildlife Society recently released Technical Review 12-03, Effects of Bioenergy Production on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat, authored by a TWS committee chaired by Dr. Susan Rupp of Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting. Two NCASI scientists, Dr. Jake Verschuyl and Dr. Ben Wigley, served on the committee. The review addresses bioenergy production on agricultural lands and croplands, grasslands, forest ecosystems, and algae and aquatic feedstocks.

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KiOR starts biofuel production in Mississippi

KiOR has started producing liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass at its first commercial-scale plant in Columbus, MS. KiOR is planning a second plant in Natchez, MS.

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Global remote sensing survey

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is distributing FAO Forest Paper 169 Global forest land-use change 1990–2005. 

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Watershed study of BMP effectiveness in Georgia

John D. Hewlett (University of Georgia) started a field study of forestry BMPs in the early 1970s in two watersheds at the B.F. Grant Memorial Forest. A recent study in the same watersheds has produced strong evidence that contemporary BMPs are effective in controlling water quality impacts of forestry operations. Results of the recent study are presented in “A paired watershed investigation of silvicultural best management practices revisited: B.F. Grant Memorial Forest, Georgia.”

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