Blogging Logging 1 – Introduction to 2011 Logging Sector Survey Findings

Over the next 15 weeks we will share the findings from the survey of the logging sector conducted in 2011. Each week will feature a different aspect of the survey findings, with an emphasis on comparing the 2011 data to those collected in 2004. That is, we will compare the 2003 and 2010 production years. After the series, we will move these summaries toward a comprehensive print publication.


  1. Introduction
  2. Harvest systems & production volumes
  3. Profitability & production capacity
  4. Factors affecting profitability
  5. Business demographics
  6. Employees and contractors
  7. Capital investment
  8. Distance and hauling
  9. Certification
  10. Timber sales
  11. Source of timber supply
  12. Timber products and buyers
  13. Interest in biomass harvesting
  14. Survey methods and response
  15. Summary

For those unfamiliar with the 2004 study, the extension report is available here for download.

Authors: Mark Rickenbach (UW-Madison/Extension) and Melinda Vokoun (UW-Stevens Point) [contact info at links]

The Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, which is now part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, provided initial funding for 2011 logging sector survey. Additional support was provided through the Renewable Resources Extension Act and the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program, both of the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture. We appreciate the assistance of Tom Steele, Grace Maples, and Sarah Traver in helping bring this project to completion.


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