Next year, the U.S. Forest Service may take action on recommending that new acreage within Western North Carolina’s two national forests be added to the National Wilderness Preservation System as part of the ongoing Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest management plan revision process slated to be finalized in 2017.
Whatever the Forest Service recommends, approval will depend on congressional action. The positions of the House and Senate members who represent potential wilderness areas can be expect to have a substantial effect on the outcome of the political process.
Source: Wilderness recommendations face challenging political path
Aspen numbers are declining in the Bighorns. They have been for decades. Though there aren’t a lot of studies that provide the concrete numbers behind the decline, it’s enough of a decline that it’s visually obvious for many who’ve spent years working and recreating in the area.
That decline is concerning for foresters and biologists because aspen are a keystone and pioneer species. They provide wildlife habitat, and produce forage, help maintain water quality, provide recreational sites and add variety to the viewshed.
Source: Where have all the aspen gone?
A new review paper published in journal Energy & Environmental Science presents a case for biomass gasification as a promising, viable and economically beneficial technology for fuel and energy.
Source: Global researchers give thumbs up to advanced biomass gasification | Bioenergy Insight Magazine
On August 15, Parks Canada released its mountain pine beetle management plan for Jasper National Park. The plan includes several strategies to slow the eastward spread of the beetle, including using prescribed burns, cutting down individual/multiple trees and using harvesting equipment to eliminate larger patches of infected forest.
Source: Parks releases Mountain Pine Beetle plan – Jasper’s source for news, sports, arts, culture, and more | The Fitzhugh
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on the Canadian renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them, as well as biofuel and wood pellet market development, imports and exports.
Source: Report details Canada’s advanced biofuel, wood pellet markets | Biomassmagazine.com
The impacts of beetle kill and fire in the San Juan Mountains have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to collect and store vast amounts of native seeds for future reforestation efforts.
Source: Forest Service collects native seeds for uncertain future