Volume 27, No. 04 - April 15, 2015

2015 NCASI Northern Regional Meeting forestry session to focus on sustainable management of northern forests

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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Northern long-eared bat federally listed as a threatened species

Recently, the 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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New NCASI report discusses methods for characterizing forest-related land use impacts in life cycle assessment

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).

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Paper documents bird use of young forests after the nesting season

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. 

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2015 National FIA User Group meets in San Antonio, Texas

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.

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U.S. Forest Service seeks public comments on the National Woodland Owner Survey

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.

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