Volume 26, No. 03 - April 30, 2014

2014 NCASI Southern Regional Meeting forestry session to focus on sustainability issues and information needs

NCASI’s 2014 Southern Regional Meeting will be held June 9-11 in at The Hilton DeSoto Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. The meeting will include a technical session on Sustainable Forestry in the South: Issues and Information Needs on June 10.

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Loblolly pine productivity resilient to severe soil disturbance 16 years after wet-weather harvesting in South Carolina

Important findings were recently published for a study of forest productivity in a Coastal Plain loblolly pine forest 16 years after heavy disturbance associated with wet-weather harvesting. Biomass responses followed a similar pattern as shown in previous assessments, with little evidence of negative effects of soil disturbance on forest growth and positive effects from a wet-mole plow treatment.

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Federal agencies release proposed rule defining waters of the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) recently released a proposed rule to clarify the scope of agency jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) over “navigable waters” broadly defined in the Act as “waters of the United States.”

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Symposium on the effectiveness of forestry BMPs

The “Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness in the Eastern U.S.” will be held on May 12-15, 2014. NCASI and partners are hosting the symposium to promote discussion of recent findings from studies of the effectiveness of forestry best management practices and how research findings relate to questions about what levels of BMP effectiveness are sufficient.

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Reptile and amphibian response to use of herbicides in mid-rotation loblolly pine plantations

Results were recently published from a long-term study of biodiversity response to the use of fire and herbicides in mid-rotation loblolly pine plantations in Mississippi. They conclude that “prescribed fire combined with imazapyr can reduce hardwood midstory competition and perpetuate open forest landscapes within an intensively managed pine matrix.”

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