Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced availability of a draft report titled The National Wetland Condition Assessment
(NWCA) 2011: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation’s Wetlands (80 Federal Register 68536). The report documents results of the
agency’s first evaluation of the ecological condition of the nation’s wetlands.
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The Society of American Foresters (SAF)
recently released a report that offers recommendations for sustainable
management of cypress forests in coastal areas of Louisiana. The report
summarizes the current state of knowledge on cypress ecology and management and
proposes methods for land managers to determine a site-specific sustainability
category based on the totality of evidence obtained from soils, vegetation indicators,
monitoring, and salinity.
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Recently, the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced that it is soliciting public input and information on
existing public and private sector programs that address stormwater discharges
from forest roads. In the Federal
Register notice, EPA indicates that the information will be used in
responding to a remand in Environmental Defense Center, Inc. v. U.S. EPA that
requires EPA to consider whether the Clean Water Act requires the Agency to
regulate forest roads.
Following passage of the Clean Water Act,
states developed and implemented forestry best management practices (BMPs) to
reduce nonpoint source pollution during forest management. Recently, authors
with Virginia Tech and NCASI published a paper summarizing BMP research that
has appeared in the peer-reviewed literature and had a direct emphasis on how
BMP implementation levels could affect soil erosion and/or stream
Currently, there are significant information
gaps about implications of large-scale biofuels and bioenergy production for
environmental systems and society. Recently, the journal Environmental Management published a special collection of articles
that address Pan American biofuel and bioenergy sustainability.