Consider the source: public perception of bioenergy and land use change

Does the feedstock affect how people evaluate bioenergy? Bioenergy has been viewed as a positive development in terms of energy independence and mitigating climate change impacts. It may provide economic returns to landowners and local communities by providing additional revenue opportunities to traditional industries. In this study, we investigated how framing affect perception. In particular, […]

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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 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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Radio interview on SW Wisconsin bioenergy survey

Late last week, I was interviewed by Aaron Joyce, News Director at WRCO in Richland Center (click logo for more on station). He was one of 600 residents in SW Wisconsin to receive a questionnaire about bioenergy and land use.   This was a first for me, but a great opportunity to let people know […]

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Novel loan program helps landowners enter MFL (from The Country Today)

The Country Today had a quite interesting article last week on a loan program to help landowners enter the Managed Forest Law: The Glenwood Project. As you read the article, though, it’s not just the loan program, but a more encompassing view of forests and forestry. Many thanks to The Country Today for allowing me […]

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Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit: Video now available

As promised, the the videos from the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit have been posted. I didn’t see an easy way to embed them in this post, so I just post the links. Our panel was on biomass supply research and featured presentations by Randy Fortenbery (UW-Madison Ag & Applied Econ), Steve Ventura (UW-Madison Soil Science), and […]

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Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit

Yesterday was the 2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit hosted by the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative. I was asked to present as part of panel on biomass research supply related to our new study to survey the logging sector. Our session and others were video-recorded, so I hope to provide links as soon as they are available. In […]

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NYTimes: Questioning Woody Biomass in Massachusetts

The New York Times on Saturday ran an article about controversies over the sustainability of woody biomass for energy in Massachusetts. There isn’t much in terms of facts or data (on either side), but noteworthy for the coverage of the topic. Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny By TOM ZELLER Jr. Published: June 18, […]

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