Volume 29, No. 03 - March 3, 2017

Using low-cost drones to estimate woody residues

With support from NCASI, researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a low-cost approach to rapidly and reliably estimate post-harvest woody residue biomass. Professors Tripp Lowe and Larry Morris, along with graduate student Brian Davis, are using small, unmanned aerial drones fitted with high-resolution cameras to image recently harvested sites.

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Forest disturbance imagery can be used to develop forest stand age maps

A recent study in Virginia by Dr. Joby Kauffman and Dr. Steve Prisley used several machine learning algorithms to classify forest disturbances identified by the Vegetation Change Tracker (VCT) product into stand-clearing or partial disturbances. By identifying the year in which stand-clearing disturbances occur, it is possible to then develop maps for forest stand age when these disturbances are followed by forest regeneration.

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Adapting forested watersheds to climate change

The Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science (NIACS) has launched a new initiative that will build on the success of its Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook. This new effort will develop tools and resources related to managing water resources in forested landscapes.

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New resources for planning management and conservation of wildlife habitat in northeastern and mid-Atlantic forests

A new resource titled Guidelines for Managing Habitat for Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need describes the landscape and forest stand-level conditions required by six uncommon or declining species in the northeastern United States. Managers of private and public lands may find the information useful for planning timber harvests, delineating ecological reserves, or minimizing the impact of permanent infrastructure.

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Paper reports on response of moths in the Pacific Northwest to forest herbicide use

A paper recently published in Ecological Applications reports on results of a two-year manipulative experiment designed to investigate how intensity of forest herbicide applications influences moth species abundance and richness in young forest plantations. The treatments were applied to 32 study sites on private and state land distributed across the Coast Range of western Oregon.

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