Volume 28, No. 01 - January 27, 2016

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finalizes special rule for northern long-eared bat

Recently, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finalized a rule under authority of Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that provides measures the agency deems necessary and advisable to provide for conservation of the northern long-eared bat.

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EPA extends comment period for submitting information about programs that address stormwater discharges from forest roads

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was extending the public comment period for submission of information about existing programs that address stormwater discharges from forest roads.

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Department of Interior releases report on Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Interior created Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to develop resource management strategies across jurisdictions and sectors for fish, wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources that extend beyond political boundaries. Recently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report evaluating the LCCs.

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Publication reports on methods for adjusting global temperature trends for unforced variability

The potential existence of internal oscillations in the Earth’s climate system may complicate attempts to estimate temperature trends and climate sensitivity. While others have used the El Niño-Southern Oscillation as an index of internal oscillations, Dr. Craig Loehle of NCASI recently proposed using the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) as a direct index and evaluated the validity of this supposition.

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U.S. Forest Service publishes report on indicators of climate impacts for forests

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service published a report on indicators of climate impacts for forests. The report is a product of the Third National Climate Assessment process for the United States, which focused in part on developing a system of indicators to communicate key aspects of the physical climate, climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and preparedness to inform policy makers, managers, and the public.

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