Volume 28, No. 02 - February 26, 2016

Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Northern Regional Meeting

NCASI has scheduled its 2016 Northern Regional Meeting for May 4-5 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. This year's meeting will include a forestry technical session titled “Wood Supply Costs and Constraints in Wisconsin and the Lake States: Implications for Forest Resources and Management.”

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Journal of Forestry publishes series of articles on forestry best management practices

To evaluate the current state of forestry BMP effectiveness research, NCASI, the Society of American Foresters, and Virginia Tech hosted the “Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) Effectiveness in the Eastern US” in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 2014. Recently, the Journal of Forestry published four articles based on oral presentations offered at the Symposium. In an introductory paper, Dr. Erik B. Schilling of NCASI summarized the content of the articles.

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Publication describes costs, effectiveness of upgrades in forestry best management practices for stream crossings

Recently, scientists with Virginia Tech and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) published a study that evaluated potential sediment production and solutions for stream crossings in the Piedmont region. Although the research was conducted in Virginia, the authors believe their findings have potential application in other geographical areas and land uses.

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Recent U.S. Forest Service report describes forest carbon stock changes 1990–2016

The United States is currently in the process of adopting a new approach to forest carbon accounting, the Forest Carbon Accounting Framework (FCAF). The FCAF seeks to account for changes in U.S. Forest Service forest inventory data or methods over time, identify all appropriate carbon pools in forest ecosystems, address attribution and land use change, and remove bias and minimize uncertainty. Recently, the U.S. Forest Service used the new FCAF to estimate forest stocks from 1990 – 2016. Results were published in U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report NRS-154.

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