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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What we count and why it matters: The Audit Society

In recent years, we have become obsessed with counting things, that somehow numbers will provide documentation of effort and impact, and ultimately improve what we do. Michael Power, a professor of accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has something to say about this faith in numbers. In The Audit Society: Ritual […]

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More on Collective Bargaining and Forest Certification

Late last week, I had a conversation with a colleague at the DNR who is looking further into how the budget repair bill might affect the status of forest certification (past post). The bill is currently awaiting final action by the Wisconsin Senate. The proposed Legislation does not ‘end’ collective bargaining by public employees, but […]

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Wisconsin Politics: Collective Bargaining, Forest Certification, Foresters, and Forest Workers

Wisconsin has become a battleground over public employee unions, collective bargaining, and public finances (local coverage). It is also true that other dimensions are purely political: public employees overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates and the Republicans in control see an opportunity for political advantage in the future. Extension Colleagues Anna Haines and John Duplissis (both UW-Stevens […]

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