The vanishing middle-skilled job sector (WI State Jounal)

In this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal, the regular UWEX feature, “Econ Quiz”, reported on 2013 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the “middle-skilled job sector.” Between 1983 and 2012, the number of jobs classified as middle-skilled nationwide dropped from 59% to 45%. Middle-skilled jobs, according to the article, “generally requires more […]

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NY Times: Impact of recession on jobs and wages

Recent New York Times article (Sunday business) on the impact of the recession on jobs, wages, etc. Data are national, but there are state breakdowns, as well as US maps with what appears to be county level data. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/14/business/this-side-of-the-recession.html?ref=business&_r=1

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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 […]

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New how-to videos for woodland owners from UWEX

From a recent, UWEX Cooperative Extension press release… A new video series from the University of Wisconsin-Extension offers landowners a quick and easy way to learn about essential topics related to woodland management. The Learn In Less Than 5 (LILT5) series is designed to provide information on felling trees, monitoring wildlife, and checking property boundaries. […]

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NEW PUBLICATION: Social networks in private forestry

Former post-doc and current social scientist with the WDNR Tricia Knoot and I recently published a paper on the social networks of foresters working in Northern Wisconsin. The citation and abstract are below. If you’d like a copy, please let me know (see here). Knoot, T. and M. Rickenbach. 2014. Forester networks: The intersection of […]

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Blogging Logging 15 – Summary

Loggers and logging businesses play key roles in sustaining both Wisconsin’s forests and the wood-using industries that depend on them. Our intent in this summary isn’t to provide a detailed a analysis of the results we’ve posted, as we plan to do that in a separate print publication. However, we would make the following four […]

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Blogging Logging 14 – Survey methods and response

After accounting for bad addresses, non-loggers, etc., response rates for both studies were high. The 2003 and 2010 surveys yielded response rates of 59% and 63%, respectively.  Of note, the 2003 response rate was for the entire survey, which included both Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The sample size for analysis was 369 for the […]

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Blogging Logging 13 – Interest in biomass harvesting

In the 2010 survey, we were particularly interested in loggers’ views of the potential of woody biomass and bioenergy to reshape the logging sector.  Our data show that woody biomass for pellets or bioenergy constituted about 2% of overall 2010 volume harvested using mechanized harvest systems that use feller-bunchers and/or harvesters, while less than 0.5% […]

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MFL Redux: Council on Forestry recommended changes

At the last Council on Forestry meeting (14 May), the Council finalized its recommendations for the Legislature to consider in revising the Managed Forest Law. For those familiar with recent efforts to change, update, re-envision, etc. the MFL, you’ll find ideas both old and new.There are 24 specific recommendations for the Legislature and others to […]

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Green Economic News for Wisconsin

As I mentioned a while back, I am a frequent visitor of The Wheeler Report, a Wisconsin political news aggregator. However, for economic and business news with a green tint, I subscribe to Ken Harwood’s Wisconsin Development GREEN News. Twice a week I receive aggregated news (and Ken’s commentary) on business and economic development that […]

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