Volume 28, No. 07 - July 20, 2016

EPA announces decision to not regulate forest road discharges under the Clean Water Act

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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Dates announced for 19th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference

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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Publication describes responses of reptiles and amphibians to harvests of logging residues

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.

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DOE releases first volume of its 2016 Billion-Ton Report

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.

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Online information resources address forest health issues and economic contributions of southern forests

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.

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