Volume 29, No. 01 - January 6, 2017

Federal agencies release revised habitat conservation planning handbook

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services), announced the availability of the final revised Habitat Conservation Planning and Incidental Take Permit Processing Handbook. The newly revised HCP Handbook describes requirements, procedures, and guidance for permit issuance and conservation plan development for incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act.

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Forest Inventory and Analysis annual reports for states now available as story maps

The U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program collects and analyzes data on U.S. forests, and routinely produces annual reports describing forest status and trends at the state level. The information is often used by decision makers in state and federal agencies and the private sector. The Program is now making annual reports available online as story maps through an interactive interface that allows users to combine maps, text, videos, photos, and other media.

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NCASI study addresses nutritional ecology of elk in the Pacific Northwest

Recently, three NCASI scientists [John G. Cook, Rachel C. Cook, and Larry L. Irwin (retired)] and Ronald W. Davis of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported results from a long-term study of foraging responses of elk to clearcut logging and commercial thinning, forest succession, and season across a range of stand ages and ecological conditions.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases new and revised policies and regulations

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued several new and revised policies and regulations related to mitigation for actions affecting species listed under the Endangered Species Act and for management of species that are candidates for listing.

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NCASI staff participate in SETAC World Congress

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) held its 7th World Congress November 6-10, 2016. Dr. Vickie Tatum represented NCASI at the conference. The World Congress included several sessions, presentations, and posters that may be of interest to NCASI members. In particular, there was a full day platform session plus poster session on assessing risks of pesticides to federally listed threatened and endangered species at a national level. 

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Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference scheduled for February 2017

The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute has announced that it will host a Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference February 1–2, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference theme is “Familiar Stakeholders – New Connections” and will emphasize an important objective of the meeting: to begin connecting traditional forest product industries with a wide variety of Michigan manufacturing sectors, particularly buildings, furnishings, transportation, health and wellness, and chemical products. 

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