Volume 27, No. 02 - February 16, 2015

EPA releases final version of “connectivity report”

EPA finalized the report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. The purpose of the report is “to summarize current scientific understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands, singly or in aggregate, affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters.” 

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Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Northern Regional Meeting

NCASI will hold its 2015 Northern Regional Meeting on May 12-14 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The forestry session will address topics such as outcome-based forestry in Maine, regional response to spruce budworm, EPA’s proposed rule to define “waters of the United States,” woody biomass production, tree growth modeling, regional forest inventory and analysis issues, management of eastern hardwood forests, and issues related to forested watersheds.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposes special rule for northern long-eared bat

Recently, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed to adopt a species-specific rule under authority of Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act should they determine the northern long-eared bat warrants listing as a threatened species under the ESA. 

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Publication documents bat communities in intensively managed pine forests

A recent paper documents bat communities in six forested landscapes in five southeastern Coastal Plain states. The landscapes were composed primarily of planted loblolly pine forests interspersed with streamside management zones and other inclusions dominated by mature hardwoods or mixed pine-hardwoods.  

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Recent study tests implementation of biomass harvesting guidelines

A recent publication reported on a study designed to determine if a retention area-based biomass harvesting guideline strategy could maintain desired volumes of downed woody debris (DWD) following woody biomass harvests.

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