Volume 26, No. 09 - October 31, 2014

NCASI initiates survey of forestry practices that benefit the gopher tortoise

NCASI has initiated a survey requesting information that it will use to help the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service better understand the extent of forest management activities in pine forests that benefit the Gopher Tortoise.

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Paper addresses breeding bird response to intercropping switchgrass in young loblolly pine plantations

One of several potential approaches for producing bioenergy feedstocks is intercropping herbaceous vegetation such as warm season grasses in young, managed forest stands during early rotation. Results were recently published from a study investigating breeding bird community response to intercropping of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in young loblolly pine plantations in Mississippi.

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New project initiated through the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study

A new project initiated as part of the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study will include an analysis of two forest management practices, single tree selection order-of-removal procedures in northern hardwood forests and rotation lengths in red pine plantations and aspen forests. 

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EPA announces pesticide spray drift reduction technology program

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticides Programs (OPP) recently announced a voluntary program to document the effectiveness of pesticide spray application technologies on reducing spray drift.

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White House releases priority agenda for enhancing climate resilience of natural resources

Recently, the federal interagency Council on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience released the report Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources. The report describes how the agencies will, separately and together, work to increase the resilience of America’s ecosystems and agricultural lands, as well as the capacity of those lands to protect human settlements from climate damage and to sequester carbon.

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FAO publishes report on forest genetic resources

The first edition of FAO’s report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources reports on drivers of change and trends affecting forest genetic resources; current and emerging technologies; the state of forest genetic resources conservation and management; and needs, challenges, and required responses for the future.

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