Plans are being made for the 2014 West Coast Regional
Meeting, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, September 22-24, at the
Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington.
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Recently, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 6-month extension of the final
determination of whether to federally list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered (79
Federal Register 36698). The agency
also reopened for 60 days the comment period on the proposed rule to list the
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A recent study found
no significant effect of an initial five years of vegetation control on soil carbon
and nitrogen in a 12-year-old Douglas-fir plantation compared to a no
vegetation control treatment.
Some forest certification programs require participants to be
knowledgeable about climate change science and implications for forest
ecosystems. NCASI will host a webcast on August 27 to assist its Member
Companies that participate in forest certification programs and are interested
in increasing their awareness of climate change.
NCASI is distributing a new report, Special Report No. 14-02,
Sustainability Metrics and Programs for
Bioenergy Feedstock and Biofuels Derived from North American Forests. The
report examines regulatory frameworks, policy guidance, and certification
schemes for bioenergy feedstock and biofuels, with a focus on relevance to the
production of biomass feedstock and biofuels derived from North American
Many companies engaged in timber production
and/or wood procurement participate in forest certification programs that
include requirements related to conservation of biodiversity. In order to meet
these requirements, managers of forest certification activities need to be
knowledgeable about ongoing conservation programs. To address this need, NCASI
has released Technical Bulletin No. 1022, A Summary of Conservation Planning Efforts
in Forested Regions of the United States: 2014 Update.