Volume 29, No. 07 - July 10, 2017

Dr. Ashley A. Coble joins NCASI as forest watershed scientist

NCASI is pleased to welcome Dr. Ashley A. Coble as a forest watershed scientist. She will be working collaboratively with other NCASI staff, NCASI member companies, universities, agencies, and others to design and implement scientific investigations in the fields of forest hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecology. 

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Agencies propose rescinding the Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. This proposed rule follows the February 28, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”

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EPA announces interim registration review decision for hexazinone

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for hexazinone. Hexazinone is used in forestry in all regions of the US for site preparation, herbaceous weed control, and release. In the interim decision, EPA has proposed several mitigation measures and label changes relevant to forestry use of hexazinone. 

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Paper reviews terrestrial biodiversity responses to intensive forest management

Recently, a paper in Forest Ecology and Management reviewed and summarized the scientific literature describing contributions of intensively managed forests to vertebrate biodiversity. The paper emphasizes research in the US and Canada that has emerged in the past two decades. 

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