Council on Forestry priority goals and invitation

(text of email distributed yesterday)

To Those Interested in the Forestry Industry in Wisconsin,

At their meeting last week the Council on Forestry (Council) identified four priority goals (see background below) as a result of input received from Forestry Economic Summit participants.  The Council will work with interested parties to develop an action plan for achieving those goals.  If you did not volunteer to work on one of the following goals, but are interested in doing so, please feel free to contact identified leaders of the Goal Committees.

It should be noted that although an action plan will not be developed for the goal to “Increase management of and increase timber production within Wisconsin’s Federal Forests consistent with sustainable forestry practices”, the Council has identified it as a high priority issue.  Since there are a number of parties already working on this issue, Council Chair Henry Schienebeck, will convene those parties to discuss current efforts and determine if there is an opportunity to further work together in hopes of achieving this goal.  Additionally, the Council will continue working to be involved in this issue and the other identified goals, but focused action plans will not be developed.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has decided to take the lead on working toward the goal “Build and foster a coordinated working relationship between primary wood manufacturers and public and private forest management professionals with regards to economic and ecological considerations and the role and impacts of guidelines, policies and regulations”. SAF’s leadership sets an excellent example of how Wisconsin’s forestry community can work together to address all issues identified at the Economic Summit, beyond those the Council has selected.  If your organization is interested in following SAF’s example on a different goal, please contact Henry Schienebeck (henry-at-newnorth.net), so the Council can be aware of your efforts.

Goals for which Action Plans Will be Developed:

Action Plans will be presented to the Council at their September meeting.

Goal 1: Increase the workforce/proficiency of technical and skilled workers (i.e. manufacturing and timber producers) which support the forest industry as demand deems appropriate.

LEAD: Mark Rickenbach: mgrickenbach-at-wisc.edu (608) 225-2477

Goal 5: Increase management of and increase timber production within Wisconsin’s private forests with sustainable forestry practices.

LEAD: Kim Quast: kquastforestry-at-charter.net (920) 238-9027

Goal 6: Grow Wisconsin’s forest product markets.

LEAD: Troy Brown: troyb-at-kretzlumber.com (715) 623-5410

Goal 8: Increase public understanding of the benefits of sustainable forest management.

LEAD: Jane Severt: wcfa-at-frontier.com (715) 282-5951

Background:

In December 2013 a Governor’s Forestry Economic Summit was held in Madison, Wisconsin. The Summit sought to address all facets of the forest industry, from private and public forest management trends and concerns to participation in the global forestry economy, while preparing for and addressing future challenges and opportunities.

At the Summit participants suggested actions which would help address identified trends, issues and/or concerns. From those actions the Council developed nine goals which describe what they would like to see happen within a given trend, issue and/or concern. Since addressing nine goals would represent a very large undertaking, the Council selected a smaller number on which to concentrate. To accomplish this a survey was sent to interested individuals and organizations involved in forest industry in Wisconsin to identify highest and lowest priorities. The Council took this information into consideration when selecting goals to work on.

Information on this effort can be found on the Council on Forestry’s webpage.  We will continue to post information as the process continues.

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