Volume 26, No. 08 - September 25, 2014

Proposals requested for studies of costs and benefits of constraints on harvests

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and Wisconsin County Forests Association are addressing information gaps about costs and benefits of changing forest policies, regulations, and guidelines in Wisconsin through a project known as the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study.

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Assessing sustainable management of Eucalyptus and Populus as short-rotation woody crops

Results recently were published from an assessment of the sustainable management of Eucalyptus and Populus genera planted as short-rotation woody crops, and relevant certification guidelines. The review draws upon scientific evidence worldwide, focusing on implications for site productivity, invasiveness, biological diversity, and water use.

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Publication discusses research-based principles of forest carbon accounting

For more than a year, a team of experts appointed by the Society of American Foresters has been working to review and summarize the science on forest carbon accounting. The results of that review are now available in a publication titled “Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in U.S. Bioenergy Policy.”

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NCASI submits supplemental technical comments on proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat

The NCASI technical comments suggest investigating differences between population abundance/trends reported by the Service and by agencies, consultants, and others during the public comment period, and accounting for limitations associated with survey methods and uncertainty associated with estimated population abundance/trends for this species.

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USDA releases report on scientific methods for quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a report that identifies “science-based methods for quantifying changes in GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions and carbon storage at the local farm, ranch or forest operation.”

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