A year-long project to identify vernal pools was recently
conducted by Michigan State University (MSU), the Michigan Forest Products
Council (MFPC), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Verso Corporation.
Vernal pools provide habitat for many species of conservation interest. Results
from the collaborative project are summarized in a report titled Identifying and Mapping Vernal Pools on
State Forest Lands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
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International Energy Agency released a technical report on assessing the
environmental performance of biomass supply chains. The report, Assessing the Environmental Performance of
Biomass Supply Chains, seeks to provide state of the art information on
environmental impacts of biomass supply chains, how to assess biomass supply
chains, challenges, and limitations.
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The northern spotted owl is a species of significant conservation
concern, and management of the species has had important implications for
forest management in the Pacific Northwest. A recent paper evaluated the
potential and limitations of a critical habitat analysis by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service that included a range-wide analysis of owl nest site data
using statistical models.
The U.S. Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program
has announced that the 2015 FIA Science Symposium will be held on December 8 –
10 in Portland, Oregon. The symposium will emphasize “the development of
innovative approaches to incorporating non-traditional techniques and uses of
inventory information. The Symposium brings together international forest
scientists, managers, and stakeholders to share insights on a wide variety of
topics, including contemporary issues, science policy, mensuration, geospatial
products, and inventory methods.”
The potential for woody
biomass harvests to remove some logging residues and trees that ordinarily
would not be merchantable has raised questions about potential environmental
consequences, including those for wildlife communities. A recent publication
reports results from a study that compared shrew captures among six woody
biomass harvesting treatments in pine plantations in North Carolina and