The 2014 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday
and Wednesday, September 23 and 24, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver,
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently announced a
draft policy on crediting voluntary conservation actions taken for species
prior to their listing under the Endangered Species Act.
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NCASI recently posted Special Report No. 14-03, Compilation of Canadian Provincial and
Federal Regulations Relevant to Forest Management Activities, which
provides a framework for considering the comparability of regulatory
requirements across the nation.
The United Kingdom
Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released a report describing
results of a life cycle analysis investigating carbon emissions associated with
using biomass sourced from North American forests to produce electricity.
Recently, two projects were initiated as part of the
Wisconsin Forest Practices Study. The Wisconsin Wood Supply Assessment will
start with current forest inventory data from the US Forest Service, but will
take into consideration factors known to constrain forest harvesting, such as
parcel size, soils, and population density. The second project, the Wisconsin
Wood Fiber Supply Chain Costs Analysis, will document the costs of each link in
the wood fiber supply chain and compare these costs to three other US regions.
Increased use of woody biomass for energy has led to questions about
potential impacts of more intensive and frequent forest harvesting and
associated site disturbance on soil productivity. Concern about these issues
also has led to development of biomass harvesting guidelines that restrict
biomass harvesting and associated practices. A recent paper examining the
science supporting these guidelines was published.
The 24th IUFRO World
Congress will convene October 5–11 in Salt Lake City, UtahThe World Congress is
held every five years to share knowledge and highlight new science and tools
developed to enhance forest resources management and conservation.