Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
announced that it was removing the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened
Wildlife. Before and after the federal listing, NCASI was involved in research
activities related to the Louisiana black bear, and supported several research
projects addressing forest habitat use and movements. Results from the research
informed conservation planning and recovery activities.
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Kirsten Vice has been named Vice President – Sustainable Manufacturing
& Canadian Operations. Ms.
Vice has served as the Vice President of Canadian Operations since joining
NCASI in 2002 and assumed responsibility for Sustainable Manufacturing in
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In the southeastern U.S., mills often store
roundwood for up to a year in facilities known as “wet decks” where water is
typically applied continuously with sprinklers to reduce the risk of fungal
decay or damage by insects. Recently, investigators with the University of
Georgia, NCASI, and other cooperators reported results from studies investigating
methods for monitoring wood moisture content in stored roundwood and
implications of potential reductions in water application.
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed
revisions to the agency’s 1981 policy guiding recommendations by the Service on
mitigating impacts on land and water developments of fish, wildlife, plants,
and their habitats. New features of the revised policy include an emphasis on
landscape-level planning, consideration for applicable landscape-level
conservation plans, and consideration of projected climate change and its
effect on ecosystems.
Louisiana black bear removed from List of Endangered and
Threatened Wildlife; Vice named to lead NCASI Sustainable Manufacturing
Program; NCASI studies address wet storage of roundwood ; U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service proposes revisions to mitigation policy; NCASI consolidates
analytical services to Florida