Volume 29, No. 06 - June 5, 2017

Registration open for 2017 Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Stakeholder Meeting

The Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program recently announced that its 2017 FIA Science Stakeholder Meeting will be on October 24 – 26, 2017 in Park City, Utah. The 13th biennial Science Stakeholder Meeting, which will have the theme of “Doing More with the Core,” will emphasize innovation around how FIA analyzes, augments, and delivers information derived from its central data collection operations.

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Study finds that actively managed pine landscapes can provide open canopy conditions

Recently, NCASI participated in a study titled Open Pine Habitat: Desired Ecological States Provided by Managed Forests that was jointly sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative and Mississippi State University. The open pine project evaluated the extent to which managed pine systems in the Coastal Plain can maintain open structural conditions (e.g., basal area, canopy closure) and associated wildlife species.

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Draft 2017 Resource Planning Act forest assessment data available for review

The U.S. Forest Service is currently seeking comments from interested individuals and organizations on draft tables for the 2017 Resources Planning Act Forest Resources of the United States. The tables present estimates of forest area, volume, mortality, growth, removals, and timber products output in various ways, such as by ownership, region, or state.

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Publication describes stream phosphorus dynamics of minimally impacted coastal plain watersheds

In an effort to manage human impacts to aquatic ecosystems, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently adopted region-based numeric nutrient criteria for phosphorus and nitrogen in streams.

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Estimation of pesticide risks to birds in EPA assessments

A recent commentary published in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, discusses the potential for pesticide risk assessments by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to overestimate pesticide risks to aquatic biota and wildlife. 

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NCASI Southern Regional Meeting to feature wetland forest technical session

NCASI’s Southern Regional Meeting (June 12-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC) will feature a full-day Forestry Technical Session on June 13 beginning at 8:00 a.m. That session will focus on conservation, management, and research related to wetland forests in the Southeast, and will conclude at 5:15 p.m. following a panel discussion. 

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