I would like to forward a message regarding our recent paper on a global review of forest biomass harvesting guidelines. On behalf of all authors, I wish you a stimulating read!
With best wishes,
A recently published, open-access review paper led by Dr. Brian Titus, research scientist from the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, might be of interest to you:
Titus, B.D., Brown, K., Helmisaari, H-S., Vanguelova, E., Stupak, I., Evans, A., Clarke, N., Guidi, C., Bruckman, V. J., Varnagiryte-Kabasinskiene, I., Kęstutis Armolaitis, K., de Vries, W., Hirai, K., Kaarakka, L., Hogg, K., and Reece, P. 2021. Sustainable forest biomass: a review of current residue harvesting guidelines. Energy, Sustainability and Society 11:10, published on April 14, 2021.
Available at https://energsustainsoc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13705-021-00281… and DOI: 10.1186/s13705-021-00281-w
This topical review of forest biomass harvesting guidelines was completed by 16 authors from 11 countries, covering 43 jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Uniquely, the international team included information from guidelines from France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Japan that are not available in English - and hence may be of particular interest. (The review is an outcome of an OECD-sponsored workshop and thus relevant forest management manuals were reviewed in several cases where workshop participants were from jurisdictions that do not yet have specific forest biomass harvesting guidelines.) Below my signature is a list of authors and affiliations.
Of particular interest to some readers will be access to the raw data (i.e., consisting of direct quotations from original documents), included within a spreadsheet. This allows readers to explore the raw data and generate their own conclusions, or search for information relevant to their own interests, be this scientific research, policy-oriented questions, guideline development, forest management ideas, or any other topics of relevance to them. It is an aspiration of the authors that the spreadsheet of data be a publicly available "living" or "evergreen" document (courtesy of the Forest Stewards Guild) that can be updated or corrected as new guidelines are published - directions for contacting the Guild are in the spreadsheet. If you have general queries, please contact me and I will forward your message to Dr. Titus; if you notice errors or omissions in the raw data in the spreadsheet, or if you are aware of specific forest biomass guidelines that have inadvertently been overlooked, please contact Zander Evans or Inge Stupak - their contact information is in the main spreadsheet.
The review also contains a second spreadsheet with recommendations from past guideline reviews - to "give credit where credit is due", give readers direct access to exactly what past reviewers said, and to show how past recommendations were summarized by authors. As with raw guideline data, it is the hope of the authors that especially agencies developing their own guidelines will find this format helpful to their work.
A "blog" on this review for readers of the range of BMC (Biomed Central) journals may be of interest to you, or useful for sharing information about this paper with a general audience. "Helping ensure that forest bioenergy is environmentally sustainable" can be found at
Finally, please note that this review paper is part of a special issue of ESSO on Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterial and bioproduct supply chains from forest and agricultural landscapes, edited by Inge Stupak, Tat Smith and Nicholas Clarke. This issue may contain related articles of interest to you regarding sustainability and governance mechanisms for forest bioenergy. The open-access issue is available at https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/sbbb
I hope you enjoy this comprehensive and timely review, and find it adds value to your work. I look forward to receiving your feedback.
Director, Forest Innovation and Dynamics
Pacific Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada
* Brian Titus, Natural Resources Canada, Victoria, BC, Canada (now retired)
* Kevin Brown, Natural Resources Canada, Victoria, BC, Canada (now at K.R. Brown and Associates)
* Heljä-Sisko Helmisaari, University of Helsinki, Finland
* Elena Vanguelova, Forest Research, Surrey, UK
* Inge Stupak, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
* Alexander Evans, Forest Stewards Guild, New Mexico, USA
* Nicholas Clarke, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
* Claudia Guidi, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Switzerland
* Viktor J. Bruckman, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria
* Iveta Varnagiryte-Kabasinskiene, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
* Kęstutis Armolaitis, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
* Wim de Vries, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands
* Keizo Hirai, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan
* Lilli Kaarakka, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
* Karen Hogg, Natural Resources Canada, Victoria, BC, Canada
* Pam Reece, Natural Resources Canada, Victoria, BC, Canada (now at Stantec, Sidney, BC)
Dr. Viktor Bruckman
Austrian Academy of Sciences
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Dear IUFRO FRIENDS
Please consider attending the upcoming FABI International Seminar (29th April at 16h00 GMT +2) to be presented by Dr Andrew (Sandy) Liebhold. Sandy is very well known to the IUFRO Community having (for example) served Division 7 (Tree Health) Co-ordinator and Chair of the Scientific Committee for our 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg in 2017. If you are interested in tree health, biological invasions or forests and forestry in general - this will be a seminar for you to enjoy.
To attend, it is necessary to register -please do so at https://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/index.php/event/FABISerminarSeries/
Background information on Sandy’s talk can be found below and details of the FABI International Seminar Series is on the web site above.
Speaker: Dr Andrew Liebhold, US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV USA
Title: Macroecology of Insect Invasions
Date: 29 April 2021 Time: 16:00 (GMT+2)
Abstract: Biological invasions are largely an unintended consequence of globalization. With increasing mobility, humans have accidentally transported organisms around the world, breaking the geographical boundaries that separated species ranges that persisted for millions of years of evolution. Among animals, the insecta is the most species-rich class, with thousands of insect species having been established outside of their native ranges and many of these species causing immense impacts on agriculture, human health and conservation of native ecosystems. Here, I report on a macroecological analysis of historical insect invasions spanning 300 years and 10 world regions. These data are used to compare frequencies of invasions among different insect orders and among different insect families. Species-area relationships for native insect assemblages are generally stronger than for non-native insect assemblages. Certain groups, such as the Hemiptera, Formicidae and the Staphylinidae are generally over-represented in non-native insect assemblages, while other taxa are under-represented. These patterns generally reflect characteristics of these insects that cause them to enter important invasion pathways and biological characteristics that facilitate invasions. These results ultimately allow us to better understand the socio-economic drivers of insect invasions and can be of use when conducting invasive pest risk analysis.
Biography: Andrew “Sandy” Liebhold has been a research entomologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV USA since 1988. His research focuses on the ecology and management of biological invasions and the spatial dynamics of insect outbreaks. Liebhold received his PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and worked as a postdoctoral at the University of Massachusetts before joining the Forest Service. He is a fellow of the AAAS and serves on the editorial board of the journals Population Ecology and Biological Invasions. He also currently serves as a scientific coordinator with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Science, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and a visiting scholar with Scion Research in New Zealand.
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REMINDER – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR COFE-FORMEC 2021 (https://cofe-formec2021.org)
Do not miss the opportunity to present your work and network at COFE-FORMEC 2021, the 2nd Joint Annual Meeting of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) and the International Symposium on Forest Mechanization (FORMEC).
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1, 2021
Please visit the conference webpage (https://cofe-formec2021.org) for abstract submission and other detailed information about the joint virtual meeting.
Woodam Chung and Karl Stampfer
COFE-FORMEC 2021 Chairs