Volume 29, No. 02 - February 1, 2017

Publication investigates the implications of forest herbicide applications for aquatic organisms

Recently, authors with NCASI, Nutter and Associates (Athens, Georgia), and the University of Saskatchewan published results from a study that characterizes concentrations of four forest herbicides in streamwater during and after aerial application of herbicides in Oregon’s Coast Range. The authors found very small herbicide concentrations in streamwater for brief periods following the first few storm events after the application. However, the concentrations were well below the levels shown to have adverse effects on fish, amphibians, or invertebrates.

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Workshops scheduled to review draft Conservation Blueprint in the South Atlantic region

Recently, the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) announced that it is hosting a series of workshops during spring 2017 to review a draft revision of its Conservation Blueprint and to prioritize cooperative activities. The mission of the SALCC is to facilitate conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources, guided by a shared adaptive blueprint.

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NCASI summarizes results from studies evaluating effectiveness of BMPs for forest herbicide applications

NCASI recently published Technical Bulletin No. 1038, Effectiveness of BMPs for Reducing the Risk of Adverse Impacts of Herbicides on Aquatic Organisms, prepared by Dr. Vickie L. Tatum. The report summarizes results from three recent studies that evaluated effectiveness of modern forestry best management practices for protecting water quality when forest herbicides are applied. The Technical Bulletin also describes the outcome of an EPA-type preliminary risk assessment for aquatic biota using measured stream water herbicide concentrations from those studies.  

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Observations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes solicited

In response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is continuing its review of the status of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake to determine whether the species warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened or endangered species. NCASI is currently soliciting information about observations of the snake to improve understanding of its distribution and habitat associations. Individuals encountering an eastern diamondback rattlesnake are invited to complete a short online survey.

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