Blogging Logging 12 – Timber products and buyers

Wisconsin’s logging businesses produce a diverse array of forest products, but hardwood pulp has been the largest portion of the volume harvested: 44% in 2003 and 49% in 2010.  This dominance reflects continued demand from the region’s substantial pulp and paper industry and an abundant hardwood forest resource.  Though Perry (2011) indicated a negative percent […]

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Blogging Logging 11 – Source of timber supply

Various landownership categories contribute to the state’s timber supply. Where a logging business is located has a big impact on which types of lands they harvest from. However, other factors also figure into the decision, including the different expectations that landowners have for loggers (e.g., certified land can have more requirements, but fill an important […]

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Review of McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program

On 13 June, I was in Washington, DC along my NIFA co-authors (see citation below) to present our final report on the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program to the Forest Research Advisory Council. McIntire-Stennis plays a critical role in forestry research and graduate education across the country and supports programs at land grant universities and […]

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Blogging Logging 10 – Timber sales

The number and size of timber sales are important measures for understanding both the economics of logging and the effects of harvesting on ecological outcomes such as fragmentation. Economically, smaller timber sales result in higher costs as loggers must move equipment more frequently and spend more time on procuring timber. Ecologically, harvesting operations create new […]

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Blogging Logging 9 – Certification

Wisconsin is a national leader in forest certification. Certification provides a means by which landowners gain recognition in the marketplace for their efforts to implement and document sustainable forest management practices. There are three primary forest certification systems used in the USA: American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative […]

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Blogging Logging 8 – Distance and Hauling

In 2010 the dominant factor affecting profitability was fuel prices.  Loggers require fuel for the equipment that is used to harvest timber and for the trucks to deliver that timber to a mill. Diesel fuel prices doubled from 2003 to 2010 from $1.488 to $2.964 per gallon (US Energy Information Administration). All questions related to […]

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Blogging Logging 7 – Capital Investment

Wisconsin’s logging businesses have increasingly high levels of capital investment, with inflation adjusted (2010 USD) median levels increasing from 2003 to 2010 for all but chainsaw based harvesting systems.  We report capital investment in median dollars, as there is quite a large variability in the amount investment both between systems and amongst businesses. In 2010 […]

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Heroes of Uncertainty – Today’s Op-Ed from David Brooks

This morning op-ed from David Brooks deals with the fundamental difference from between social and physical sciences, and their application in the real world. It is useful in helping people think through what the social sciences can help us discern about problem-solving in the world. The snippet and link from The New York Times… Heroes […]

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