NCASI’s Northern Regional Meeting will be held on
May 12 – 14 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. A technical session titled Sustainable Management of Northern Forests:
Constraints and Opportunities is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. – 5:00P.M.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it was designating the northern
long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act,
primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that
has affected many bat populations in North America.
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NCASI recently posted Special Report No. 15-04, Methods for Characterizing Forest-Related
Land Use Impacts in Life Cycle Assessment on its website. This special
report discusses proposals for evaluating land use impacts in LCA, including a
general framework proposed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Many studies have documented songbird use of young regenerating
forests during the breeding season when birds are singing. However, information
about the use of regenerating forests during the post-breeding period is
limited. Results were recently published for a study in Missouri that
documented the change in abundance of songbirds in young deciduous forest
stands over the first 15 years of regeneration.
Recently, the U.S. Forest Service, the Society of American
Foresters, and NCASI hosted a meeting in San Antonio, Texas of the National Forest
Inventory and Analysis (FIA) User Group.
The U.S. Forest Service has
routinely conducted a National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) to increase
understanding of the attitudes and behaviors of forest owners and managers,
including intended uses of their forest land. The resulting information has
been used to assess the sustainability and availability of forest resources,
implement and assess forest-land owner assistance programs, and for many other
purposes. Recently, the Forest Service announced that it is soliciting public
comment on the proposed reinstatement, with changes, to information collection
through the NWOS.