Report: Wood Supply Chain Component Costs Analysis

As part of the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study, Steigerwaldt Land Services and Forest2Market completed a cost analysis of regional wood supply chains. The report was published in November 2014, but apparently I forgot to post it. However, the information is still quite useful and, as I understand it, a follow-up study is in the works. […]

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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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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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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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NEW: Wisconsin Landowners and ecosystem services

The UWEX Learning Store has just published, Expanding Sustainable Forestry on Wisconsin Woodlands. This publication reports on recent research describing Wisconsin’s woodland owners, focused in two areas: Comparing those enrolled and not enrolled in the MFL, and The receptivity of those not enrolled in the MFL to payment for ecosystem services. Payments for ecosystem services […]

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The Tax Man cometh — tips for landowners

Annually, the US Forest Service compiles forest tax tips for landowners. The latest version is available at either of the two links below… http://www.timbertax.org/ or http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/tax.shtml

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CLOSED: Post-doctoral POSITION AVAILABLE — Social science, program evaluation, and landowner engagement

We are no longer seeking applications for this position. We are looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher to contribute as a program evaluator  and social scientist related to landowner engagement. We begin reviewing application December 15. Please see attached pdf for details. Query about domestic versus international — communications! Someone asked whether we accepted international […]

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Rickenbach to help NIFA with natural resources, bioenergy, and climate change

Assuming all the paperwork sorts out, I’ll begin a one-year special assignment with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) focused on the agency’s natural resource, bioenergy, and climate change portfolios beginning July 17. NIFA is the federal partner most closely aligned with land grant colleges, such as UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life […]

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