Vol. 30, No. 09 - September 20, 2018

NCASI welcomes new staff members Dr. Darren A. Miller and Dr. Katie M. Moriarty

NCASI is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Dr. Darren A. Miller will serve as Vice President, Forestry Programs, and Dr. Katie M. Moriarty will be a forest wildlife scientist.

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MeadWestvaco research reports now available at NCSU

The entire forest research archive of the former MeadWestvaco Corporation is now available in the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. The archive contains various reports and materials created and used by forestry researchers at 14 research stations established and owned by MeadWestvaco from 1945 to 2006. When the company sold its forests in the early 2000s and concluded its forest research program, the collection was given to the Hunt Library, where it has been catalogued and is accessible to the public.

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Removal of timber harvest residues found to enhance wild bee diversity

Production of biofuels from renewable materials has expanded in recent years to include feedstocks such as timber harvest residues, such as logging slash and tree boles. The potential for increased removal of harvest residues has led to questions about environmental implications, including biodiversity responses. Wild bees are among the most important pollinator group in many young forests because they occur in large numbers and feed on pollen and nectar; however, their responses to removal of harvest residues has not been widely studied. Recently, investigators with Oregon State University assessed wild bee communities across a gradient of management intensity in which the extent of harvest residue removal and soil compaction were experimentally manipulated. The paper was recently made available online by the journal GCB Bioenergy.

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Paper documents green tree retention patterns in loblolly pine forests

For several years, NCASI has been collaborating with Mississippi State University to characterize the vegetation structure of streamside management zones (SMZs) and stringers associated with new established (three years post-establishment), intensively managed pine forest stands in the South Central Plains ecoregion of Arkansas and Louisiana. The most recent paper from this study, documenting operational green tree retention practices in the region, was recently made available online by the journal Forest Science. Based on an analysis of more than 1,100 regenerating loblolly pine stands and associated unharvested vegetation, the authors found that retained vegetation represented >18% of the area in these “management units.” 

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