On July 5, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) announced the agency’s decision that no additional
regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under
Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act at this time.
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Recently, meeting organizers announced that
the 19th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference will be held on
March 14-16, 2017 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Biennial
Southern Silvicultural Research Conference provides a forum for scientists and
practitioners actively engaged in the broad field of silviculture to report
their study results, to present new concepts and techniques, to discuss topics
of mutual interest, to coordinate cooperative efforts, and to stay current on
developments in the field.
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A recent paper in Ecological Applications presents results
from a study that investigated reptile and amphibian community responses to
harvest of logging residues in intensively managed, loblolly pine forests. The
authors report few consistent community or population responses to woody
biomass harvest in intensively managed loblolly pine forests in the
southeastern Coastal Plain.
The U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have jointly released the first
volume of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report
which reports on the potential for the US to sustainably produce at least 1
billion tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040.
A website developed by the Southern Regional
Extension Forestry (SREF) Forest Heath program provides education and
information pertaining to invasive plants, insects, and fungi affecting
southern forest health, and general information about several forest health
issues such as oak decline. SREF has
also collaborated with the Southern Group of State Foresters to develop a
website describing the importance of forests and the forest product industry in
the southern United States.