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Latest Issue: August 16, 2017 Volume 29, No. 08

In Memoriam: Ronald A. Yeske

Ronald A. Yeske, 70, former President of NCASI, passed away on June 19 at his home in Anderson, South Carolina. Family, friends, and NCASI colleagues gathered for a memorial service held on June 25. Dr. Yeske provided dedicated leadership to NCASI for more than 20 years, beginning in December 1994. Dr. Yeske retired in January 2015 after guiding NCASI through a period of organizational challenges and transitions.


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2017

January 6, 2017   Volume 29, No. 01

Federal agencies release revised habitat conservation planning handbook; Forest Inventory and Analysis annual reports for states now available as story maps; NCASI study addresses nutritional ecology of elk in the Pacific Northwest; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases new and revised policies and regulations; NCASI staff participate in SETAC World Congress; Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference scheduled for February 2017;

February 1, 2017   Volume 29, No. 02

Publication investigates the implications of forest herbicide applications for aquatic organisms; Workshops scheduled to review draft Conservation Blueprint in the South Atlantic region; NCASI summarizes results from studies evaluating effectiveness of BMPs for forest herbicide applications; Observations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes solicited;

March 3, 2017   Volume 29, No. 03

Using low-cost drones to estimate woody residues; Forest disturbance imagery can be used to develop forest stand age maps; Adapting forested watersheds to climate change; New resources for planning management and conservation of wildlife habitat in northeastern and mid-Atlantic forests; Paper reports on response of moths in the Pacific Northwest to forest herbicide use;

April 5, 2017   Volume 29, No. 04

Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Northern Regional Meeting; Wisconsin logging capacity utilization study published; Study reports on breeding bird responses to harvest of logging residues; U.S. Department of Energy announces dates for 10th annual bioeconomy conference; Paper reports on study of marine habitat selection by marbled murrelets;

May 5, 2017   Volume 29, No. 05

Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Southern Regional Meeting; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determines status review for the Florida black bear not required; International Society of Forest Resource Economists 2017 meeting planned for New Orleans; Publication investigates potential climate implications of alternative forest management and biomass use scenarios; EPA releases final version of 1990-2015 US greenhouse gas inventory;

June 5, 2017   Volume 29, No. 06

Registration open for 2017 Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Stakeholder Meeting; Study finds that actively managed pine landscapes can provide open canopy conditions; Draft 2017 Resource Planning Act forest assessment data available for review; Publication describes stream phosphorus dynamics of minimally impacted coastal plain watersheds; Estimation of pesticide risks to birds in EPA assessments; NCASI Southern Regional Meeting to feature wetland forest technical session;

July 10, 2017   Volume 29, No. 07

Dr. Ashley A. Coble joins NCASI as forest watershed scientist; Agencies propose rescinding the Clean Water Rule; EPA announces interim registration review decision for hexazinone; Paper reviews terrestrial biodiversity responses to intensive forest management;

August 16, 2017   Volume 29, No. 08

In Memoriam: Ronald A. Yeske; 2017 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting forestry session; Federal agencies publish proposed rule rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule; Report describes relationships between forest products demand and forest area, inventory, and productivity; Paper reports on productivity of loblolly pines on wet sites 23 years after harvesting;

2016

January 27, 2016   Volume 28, No. 01

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finalizes special rule for northern long-eared bat; EPA extends comment period for submitting information about programs that address stormwater discharges from forest roads; Department of Interior releases report on Landscape Conservation Cooperatives; Publication reports on methods for adjusting global temperature trends for unforced variability; U.S. Forest Service publishes report on indicators of climate impacts for forests;

February 26, 2016   Volume 28, No. 02

Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Northern Regional Meeting; Journal of Forestry publishes series of articles on forestry best management practices; Publication describes costs, effectiveness of upgrades in forestry best management practices for stream crossings; Recent U.S. Forest Service report describes forest carbon stock changes 1990–2016;

March 9, 2016   Volume 28, No. 03

2016 FIA National User Group Meeting; Publication reviews factors influencing recent trends in forest health responses to climate change; Federal agencies finalize changes to critical habitat regulations; U.S. Forest Service publishes report on effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States; EPA invites public comment on draft inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sinks;

April 4, 2016   Volume 28, No. 04

Louisiana black bear removed from List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Vice named to lead NCASI Sustainable Manufacturing Program; NCASI studies address wet storage of roundwood; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes revisions to mitigation policy; NCASI consolidates analytical services to Florida;

May 18, 2016   Volume 28, No. 05

Forestry technical session planned for NCASI Southern Regional Meeting; Observations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes solicited; Soil carbon responses to afforestation in Eucalyptus and pine stands; Paper addresses biodiversity impacts in life cycle assessment of biomass harvesting;

June 24, 2016   Volume 28, No. 06

Dr. Steve Prisley joins NCASI as forest biometrician and economist; Publications report on effects of bedrock geology on stream base flow; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service initiates status review for moose in the Lake States; Study of stream crossing best management practices initiated; Restructuring at NCASI;

July 20, 2016   Volume 28, No. 07

EPA announces decision to not regulate forest road discharges under the Clean Water Act; Dates announced for 19th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference; Publication describes responses of reptiles and amphibians to harvests of logging residues; DOE releases first volume of its 2016 Billion-Ton Report; Online information resources address forest health issues and economic contributions of southern forests;

August 24, 2016   Volume 28, No. 08

2016 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting forestry session; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces final methodology for prioritizing and addressing Endangered Species Act Status Reviews; EPA Science Advisory Panel will review scientific issues related to the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate; New publication addresses forest habitat relationships of three bat species susceptible to white-nose syndrome; U.S. Forest Service invites comment on mill and logging operations surveys;

September 26, 2016   Volume 28, No. 09

Minnesota study documents birds of high conservation priority associated with young forests; EPA issues proposed interim decision on registration review for sulfonylurea herbicides; NCASI, Memorial University publish paper on a review of systematic conservation planning; EPA publishes 2016 version of climate change indicators report; Paper addresses stream temperature response to forest harvesting;

October 24, 2016   Volume 28, No. 10

Louisiana pinesnake proposed for federal listing as a threatened species; Aspen harvest residue removals over 40 years increase understory plant diversity; Federal agencies revise regulations concerning Endangered Species Act petitions; Paper reports on Pacific Northwest bird response to intensive forest management practices;

November 16, 2016   Volume 28, No. 11

Study investigating long-term effects of wet-weather forest harvesting; West Coast Regional Center relocates in Corvallis, Oregon; Progress reported in study of soil resilience to intensive harvesting in Douglas-fir; Paper addresses winter bird response to harvest of logging residues; Relocation of analytical services to the Southern Regional Center in Newberry, Florida now complete;

2015

January 12, 2015   Volume 27, No. 01

Ron Yeske retires from NCASI service; 2015 FIA User Group meeting scheduled for April 1 – 2 in San Antonio, TX; White House Council on Environmental Quality releases revised draft guidance for greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts; Three bat species listed as endangered in Canada; NCASI co-hosts symposium on songbirds and early seral habitats;

February 16, 2015   Volume 27, No. 02

EPA releases final version of “connectivity report”; Forestry technical session planned at NCASI Northern Regional Meeting; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposes special rule for northern long-eared bat; Publication documents bat communities in intensively managed pine forests; Recent study tests implementation of biomass harvesting guidelines;

March 18, 2015   Volume 27, No. 03

Recent collaborative project identifies vernal pools on state forest lands in Michigan; International Energy Agency releases report on assessing environmental aspects of biomass supply chains; Recent paper assesses habitat suitability models for northern spotted owls; 2015 Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Symposium; Recent study documents small mammal response to biomass harvesting;

April 15, 2015   Volume 27, No. 04

2015 NCASI Northern Regional Meeting forestry session to focus on sustainable management of northern forests; Northern long-eared bat federally listed as a threatened species; New NCASI report discusses methods for characterizing forest-related land use impacts in life cycle assessment; Paper documents bird use of young forests after the nesting season; 2015 National FIA User Group meets in San Antonio, Texas; U.S. Forest Service seeks public comments on the National Woodland Owner Survey;

May 20, 2015   Volume 27, No. 05

2015 NCASI Southern Regional Meeting forestry session; National Association of State Foresters offers online forestry BMP information resources; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiates status review for the Northern Spotted Owl; Paper assesses implications of changing the design of forest inventory systems; Paper reports on soil nutrients in biofuel production systems in the southeast United States; New satellite global temperature data released;

June 29, 2015   Volume 27, No, 06

Federal agencies define “waters of the United States”; Federal climate change adaptation report released; Publication describes results from study of herbicide best management practices; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service considering program to authorize incidental take of migratory birds; New NCASI address;

July 29, 2015   Volume 27, No. 07

New NCASI Technical Bulletin describes herbicide use patterns on corporate forest land; Federal agencies propose changes to regulations for Endangered Species Act petitions; EPA releases endocrine disruptor screening results for pesticides; Paper describes toad response to removal of woody harvest residues; Forestry technical session planned at NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting;

August 28, 2015   Volume 27, No. 08

In Memoriam: Paul C. Van Deusen; 2015 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting forestry session; Report available on the development and use of science for species of conservation priority in the Southeast; Publication reports on development of methods for monitoring moisture content of wood stored in wet decks;

September 28, 2015   Volume 27, No. 09

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiates Endangered Species Act status reviews for 23 species; Report describes the status and trends of bottomland hardwood forests in the Albemarle Sound; Publication documents nutrient concentrations in small headwater streams following forestry operations using modern best management practices; Paper evaluates use of remotely sensed information in national forest inventory systems; Registration opens for 2015 Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Symposium; Study to assess sources of Douglas-fir site resilience to intensive harvesting;

October 28, 2015   Volume 27, No. 10

Study documenting contributions of streamside management zones to conservation of stream-associated salamanders; NCASI support for research requirements in forest certification programs; Range mapping to assess extinction risk of species in Canada; Study examines soil nitrogen availability associated with switchgrass intercropping systems; Draft recovery plan released for Oregon Coast coho salmon;

November 25, 2015   Volume 27, No. 11

EPA releases draft report on condition of the nation’s wetlands; Society of American Foresters releases report on sustainable management of Louisiana cypress forests; EPA soliciting public input on existing programs that address stormwater discharges from forest roads; Paper summarizes literature addressing effectiveness of forestry best management practices; Journal publishes papers on Pan American biofuel and bioenergy sustainability;

2014

February 28, 2014   Volume 26, No. 01

Wisconsin Forest Practices Study; Symposium on the effectiveness of forestry BMPs; BMP effectiveness study in Louisiana; FIA National User Group Meeting; Effects of carbon dioxide and nitrogen deposition on forest carbon sequestration; New book on global forestry challenges;

March 31, 2014   Volume 26, No. 02

In Memoriam: Alan A. Lucier; 2014 NCASI Northern Regional Meeting forestry session to focus on sustainability issues and information needs; NCASI climate change research; Wood Bioenergy and Land Use;

April 30, 2014   Volume 26, No. 03

2014 NCASI Southern Regional Meeting forestry session to focus on sustainability issues and information needs; Loblolly pine productivity resilient to severe soil disturbance 16 years after wet-weather harvesting in South Carolina; Federal agencies release proposed rule defining waters of the United States; Symposium on the effectiveness of forestry BMPs; Reptile and amphibian response to use of herbicides in mid-rotation loblolly pine plantations;

May 28, 2014   Volume 26, No. 04

NCASI Board of Governors announces executive search; Pan American conference on biofuels and bioenergy sustainability; Elk habitat modeling workshop; U.S. Forest Service proposes directives for managing groundwater; Bird community response to timber harvesting in the central Appalachian Mountains; NCASI, SAF, and Virginia Tech host symposium on BMP effectiveness;

June 25, 2014   Volume 26, No. 05

Larry Irwin retires from NCASI; Federal agencies propose changes to how they designate and manage critical habitat; Assessing sustainable management of Eucalyptus and Populus as short-rotation woody crops; A compilation of forest biomass harvesting and related policy in Canada; Paper examines Swedish forestry and its potential roles in climate change mitigation;

July 28, 2014   Volume 26, No. 06

West Coast Regional Meeting to be held in Vancouver, Washington; Public comment period extended for proposed listing of northern long-eared bat as threatened; Effects of vegetation control on soil carbon and nitrogen in Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir; NCASI webcast on climate change and its effects on forest ecosystems; A review of sustainability metrics and programs for bioenergy feedstock and biofuels; NCASI releases updated compilation of conservation planning efforts;

August 27, 2014   Volume 26, No. 07

Forestry technical session scheduled for NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announces draft policy regarding voluntary prelisting conservation actions; NCASI publishes compilation of Canadian provincial and federal regulations relevant to forest management activities; United Kingdom report estimates greenhouse gas emissions associated with using biomass sourced from North America; Two projects initiated through the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study; Paper examines the science supporting biomass harvesting guidelines; IUFRO World Congress to convene in Salt Lake City;

September 25, 2014   Volume 26, No. 08

Proposals requested for studies of costs and benefits of constraints on harvests; Assessing sustainable management of Eucalyptus and Populus as short-rotation woody crops; Publication discusses research-based principles of forest carbon accounting; NCASI submits supplemental technical comments on proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat; USDA releases report on scientific methods for quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage;

October 31, 2014   Volume 26, No. 09

NCASI initiates survey of forestry practices that benefit the gopher tortoise; Paper addresses breeding bird response to intercropping switchgrass in young loblolly pine plantations; New project initiated through the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study; EPA announces pesticide spray drift reduction technology program; White House releases priority agenda for enhancing climate resilience of natural resources; FAO publishes report on forest genetic resources;

November 26, 2014   Volume 26, No. 10

Krouskop named new NCASI President; EPA releases framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources; Paper reports on bat communities in managed pine forest landscapes in the Southeast; Recent paper reports use of pine plantations by songbird of high conservation priority; Comment period reopened on proposal to list the northern long-eared bat;

2013

January 21, 2013   Volume 25, No. 01

Carbon footprint of forest fertilization; Conservation of rare species; IUFRO World Congress – call for session proposals; Effects of bioenergy production on wildlife; KiOR starts biofuel production in Mississippi; Global remote sensing survey; Watershed study of BMP effectiveness in Georgia;

April 15, 2013   Volume 25, No. 02

Federal permits not required for stormwater discharges from forest roads; Results of NCASI elk research incorporated in new Forest Service habitat models; NCASI scientist joins board of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Spatial variation in habitat selection by cerulean warblers; New version of GForest; Forestry session at Northern Regional Meeting;

July 12, 2013   Volume 25, No. 03

NCASI webcast on climate change and its effects on forests, wildlife, and biodiversity; Herbicide runoff study published in Forest Science; Oregon watershed stewardship conferences; Conservation assessment of birds on private lands; Environmental aspects of planting Eucalyptus; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials; Evapotranspiration symposium; Leadership transition in NCASI Western Wildlife Program; NCASI scientist elected to lead Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society;

September 11, 2013   Volume 25, No. 04

NCASI publishes results of herbicide measurements at Alsea Watershed Study; A review of biomass carbon accounting methods and implications; Observations of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes solicited; Forestry session at NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting; NCASI support for research requirements in forestry certification program; Study shows resilience of Douglas-fir to intensive harvesting and soil compaction over 10 years;

December 9, 2013   Volume 25, No. 05

NCASI research on elk nutrition; Symposium on forestry BMPs; EPA’s “Connectivity Report”; A pause in global warming; EPA climate adaptation plans;

2012

January 13, 2012   Volume 24, No. 01

Rates and causes of extinction; Beneficial uses of wood residues; Symposium on the assessment and management of environmental issues related to eucalyptus culture in the southern US; EPA’s Pesticide General Permit; Proposal to list eight mussel species as threatened or endangered;

March 7, 2012   Volume 24, No, 02

Effectiveness of forestry BMPs for roads; Critical habitat for northern spotted owl; Effects of spatial scale on forest carbon accounting; Land use in the United States; Conservation and management of eastern big-eared bats;

April 11, 2012   Volume 24, No. 03

Sustainable Bioenergy and Biomaterials; Eucalyptus presentations available; Effects of competition control on Douglas-fir biomass and nitrogen content; Recovery strategy for woodland caribou; Draft national strategy for adapting to climate change; Minnesota completes assessment of research needs;

May 25, 2012   Volume 24, No. 04

EPA and forest roads; Status Review for eastern diamondback rattlesnake; New habitat classification tool; Biomass technical session at NCASI Southern Regional Meeting; Environmental challenges facing the forest products industry; FIA User Group meeting;

June 29, 2012   Volume 24, No. 05

NCASI comments on effectiveness of forest road practices; Watershed health technical symposium; Washington Forest Biomass Supply Assessment; Constraints on forest management; Modeling water and nutrient dynamics in pine forests; Starker Lecture focuses on forest watersheds;

August 22, 2012   Volume 24, No. 06)

NCASI comments on critical habitat proposal for northern spotted owl; Supreme Court will review NEDC v. Brown; NCASI comments on status of eastern diamondback rattlesnake; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service petitioned to list 53 species of amphibians and reptiles; Long-Term Site Productivity program: 10 year results; Global Energy Partnership;

September 26, 2012   Volume 24, No. 07

Literature review on sustainable wood procurement; Habitat selection model explains source-sink paradox; Forestry session at NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting; Summary of NCASI comments on draft conservation strategy for the gopher tortoise; Forest Products Lab opens nanocellulose facility; Study to assess stable isotope mapping to predict forest retention of fertilizer nitrogen;

October 17, 2012   Volume 24, No. 08

Assessing species at risk; NCASI comments on Bicknell’s thrush; Agencies propose changes to regulations for designating critical habitat; Eight freshwater mussels in the Southeast listed as threatened or endangered; Wet storage of logs; Forests, carbon, and energy; New methods for remotely detecting isolated wetlands;

December 19, 2012   Volume 24, No,. 09

Supreme Court hears oral arguments about logging roads; EPA issues final rule on stormwater from logging roads; Critical habitat for northern spotted owl; Forest Service releases 2010 RPA Assessment; SAF Award in Forest Science; Manipulating retained structures to improve wildlife habitat; Killam Lectureship in white-tailed deer research and management awarded to Canadian scientist; Implementation of forestry best management practices (BMPs) in the South;

2011

February 9, 2011   Volume 23, No. 01

Forest Biomass Cooperative; Overview of NCASI biomass activities;

March 30, 2011   Volume 23, No. 02

U. S. Fish and WIldlife Service requesting information on seven bat species; Biomass technical session and forestry water workshop NCASI 2011 Northern Regional Meeting; EPA defers regulation of biomass CO2 emissions; EPA requests delay for pesticide permit program; Habitat-based approach to conserving at-risk biodiversity; National Soil Carbon Network;

April 27, 2011   Volume 23, No. 03

Sediment trapping by streamside management zones; Bird occupancy of streamside management zones; Stewardship guidelines for biotech trees; Environmental aspects of wood residue combustion; Biodiversity responses to harvesting coarse woody debris for bioenergy; Productivity, carbon budgets and nutrient cycling in pine-switchgrass systems;

May 31, 2011   Volume 23, No. 04

Forest biomass session at NCASI Southern Regional Meeting; Forest roads workshop at Southern Regional Meeting; Update on conservation planning; Forestry and conservation; Southern Forest Futures Project May 17 2011; Ill-posed questions in ecology;

July 13, 2011   Volume 23, No. 05

Forest roads and water quality; Status review for golden-winged warbler; Listing of striped newt warranted but precluded;

August 24, 2011   Volume 23, No. 06

Forestry and Biomass Technical Sessions at NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting; US Fish and Wildlife Service initiates Status Review for two bat species; Time Series Analysis and Climate Change; California Forests focus on water; US Department of Energy releases study of current and potential supplies of biomass feedstocks;

September 9, 2011   Volume 23, No. 07

Symposium on environmental issues related to Eucalyptus culture in the southern US: Call for poster presentations and written papers; Global estimate of forest carbon sequestration; Road surface erosion models; Inventory of woodland caribou research; NCASI comments on Southern Forest Futures Project; Climate change and ecosystems;

October 26, 2011   Volume 23, No. 08

NCASI seeking Forest Watershed Program Manager; US Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to six-year work plan for reviewing the status of 251 species; US Fish and Wildlife Service finds that 374 species may warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act; Study measures acute toxicity of herbicide mixtures; Black-tailed deer project begins on West Coast; Managing accidental releases of petroleum products in forestry operations; National Report on Sustainable Forests;

2010

March 13, 2010   Volume 22, No. 02

EPA revises Reregistration Eligibility Decision for sulfometuron herbicides; Forest wildlife and herbicides in the Pacific Northwest; Wigley honored by Mississippi State University; Elk habitat modeling workshop; Forest technology research priorities of the southern forest sector; Effectiveness of streamside management zones in Maine; Correction;

April 9, 2010   Volume 22, No. 03

Forests and water; Effects of timber harvest on stream nutrient concentrations in Idaho(2); NCASI technical comments on status of the gopher tortoise; Status review for the striped newt; Forestry sessions at 2010 NCASI Northern Regional Meeting;

June 2, 2010   Volume 22, No. 04

Impact of the global forest industry on greenhouse gases; Upgrades planned to Forest Industry Carbon Assessment Tool (FICAT™); NCASI webcast on climate change and its potential effects on forests; Forestry session at NCASI Southern Regional Meeting; Numeric nutrient standards and forest watersheds;

July 31, 2010   Volume 22, No. 05

EPA seeking information on greenhouse gas accounting for bioenergy; Gap analysis for forest productivity research; Ecological responses to herbicides and fire in pine plantations;

September 15, 2010   Volume 22, No. 06

Federal roles in forest watershed management; Biomass Workshop and Forestry Technical Session at NCASI 2010 West Coast Regional Meeting; Ideas for managing riparian areas and streams; Indirect effects of land use on greenhouse gas emissions; IEA report on biofuel demonstration projects;

October 29, 2010   Volume 22, No. 07

Aquatic species proposed for listing as endangered; Implementation rates for forestry best management practices; Forestry session at NCASI Canadian Meeting; Effects of barred owls on estimates of site occupancy by northern spotted owls; Factors affecting efficiency of field sampling for wildlife; Effects of establishment practices on plant biodiversity in planted pine forests;

December 8, 2010   Volume 22, No. 08

Wood production systems in the U.S. South; Fall River soil productivity study: ten-year results; Wildlife monitoring in Canada; Workshop on aquatic ecosystem restoration; USDA Forestry Research Advisory Council;