Volume 29, No. 12 - December 4, 2017

South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative releases Conservation Blueprint 2.2

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) recently released a revision of its Conservation Blueprint. Like earlier versions, release 2.2 of the South Atlantic LCC Conservation Blueprint is a spatial plan that identifies priority areas for shared conservation action based on terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and cross-ecosystem indicator condition and connectivity.

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Paper describes soil properties in site-prepared loblolly pine 25 years after wet weather harvesting

Recently, Virginia Tech, the U.S. Forest Service, and NCASI collaborated to evaluate the effects of site preparation and wet weather primary skid trails on selected soil properties and stand productivity in loblolly pine stands 25 years after salvage logging (stand age 23). The investigators have now reported soil property responses over time to site preparation treatments in a second paper.

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Federal agencies propose adding applicability date to 2015 Waters of the US rule

On November 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army released a proposed rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Rule defining the extent of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

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Study finds minimal increases of stream sediment concentrations after forestry operations

Recently, scientists with Oregon State University, Weyerhaeuser, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry reported results from a study that examined whether the combined effects of road construction/improvement, forest harvest, and hauling would increase turbidity and suspended sediment concentrations in adjacent streams.

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