Volume 29, No. 11 - November 8, 2017

Publication describes status of forestry best management practices for water quality in the U.S.

Forestry best management practices (BMPs) were developed in the U.S. in response to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, or Clean Water Act. Recently, investigators at Virginia Tech conducted a survey of all 50 U.S. states to determine the status and implementation of forestry BMPs.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines listings of 25 species under the Endangered Species Act are not warranted

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced 12-month findings on petitions to list 25 species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has found that, after a thorough review of available scientific and commercial information, listing of the species is not warranted at this time.

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U.S. Global Change Program releases Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment

The U.S. Global Change Program recently released Volume 1 of its Fourth National Climate Assessment. The report addresses the state of science related to climate change and its physical impacts and discusses uncertainties associated with these findings. The report was developed under the leadership of three coordinating authors associated with federal agencies, universities, and other organizations and includes contributions by many other authors.

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Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science releases annual report

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has released its 2017 Annual Report describing major projects within the institute’s carbon and climate change focus areas and highlighting some of NIACS’s important accomplishments and products. NIACS is a collaborative effort among the U.S. Forest Service, universities, conservation organizations, and forest industry to provide information on managing forests for climate change adaptation and enhanced carbon sequestration.

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Study documents response of elk forage to forest herbicides and herbivory

Scientists with the University of Alberta and NCASI recently investigated effects of operational herbicide application and herbivory on nutritional resources for elk in young forest stands on commercial timberlands around Mount St. Helens, Washington.

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Endangered Species Act listing determination delayed for Louisiana pinesnake

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a six-month extension of the final determination of whether to list the Louisiana pinesnake as a threatened species. The Service also has reopened the comment period on the proposed rule to list the species for an additional 30 days. The agency will submit a final listing determination to the Federal Register for publication on or before April 6, 2018. 

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