Volume 27, No. 05 - May 20, 2015

2015 NCASI Southern Regional Meeting forestry session

NCASI’s Southern Regional Meeting will be held on June 15-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina. The meeting’s general session will be on the afternoon of Monday, June 15 followed by a forestry technical session on Tuesday, June 16, titled Environmental Issues Influencing Forests and Forest Management in the South.

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National Association of State Foresters offers online forestry BMP information resources

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently made available online up-to-date information about state forestry best management practice (BMP) programs.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiates status review for the Northern Spotted Owl

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 90-day finding on a petition to reclassify the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Paper assesses implications of changing the design of forest inventory systems

Continuous forest inventories that cover large regions must consider three main design factors that affect costs: plot intensity, remeasurement cycle, and field work requirements. A recent paper evaluates the tradeoffs involved when inventory programs seek to lower costs by reducing plot intensity or increasing remeasurement cycles. 

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Paper reports on soil nutrients in biofuel production systems in the southeast United States

A recent paper summarizes soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics from four independent but similar ongoing studies in the southeast United States in which switchgrass was grown in monoculture or alley cropping systems. The authors also compare results from the four studies with those for conventionally managed loblolly pine or agricultural systems. 

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New satellite global temperature data released

The University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) has released a new version of satellite global temperature data. Microwave sounding unit satellites cover the whole globe except for the polar regions and estimate lower troposphere temperature from microwave readings. 

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