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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Governor’s budget and implications for Wisconsin forestry

In his 2015-2017 proposed budget, the governor proposes numerous changes to the way state government should work in the future. Certain items have made headlines (e.g., public authority for the UW System), but the forestry budget has not yet received much attention. A recent e-mail from Paul DeLong, Chief State Forester and DNR Division of […]

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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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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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Driftless Forest Network: Lots of moving parts to landowner engagement

The Driftless Forest Network project is a novel living experiment that seeks to engage and empower landowners and to create an integrated support structure for them. It is has lots of moving parts. We (Jerry Greenberg, Alanna Koshollek, and I) do our best to describe all these in a recently submitted paper for an upcoming […]

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Wisconsin Council on Forestry supports Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act

The Wisconsin Council on Forestry sent letters to the Wisconsin’s congressional delegation in support of pending federal legislation entitled, the Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act (HR2541 and SB1369), which would continue the existing policy that forestry operations are non-point source pollution and that forestry best management practices are an appropriate policy tool for protecting water quality […]

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New article on co-benefits of the MFL by Locke & Rissman

(copied from Web of Science alert) Unexpected co-benefits: Forest connectivity and property tax incentives Author(s): Locke, CM (Locke, Christina M.); Rissman, AR (Rissman, Adena R.)1 Source: LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING  Volume: 104   Issue: 3-4   Pages: 418-425   DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.11.022   Published: MAR 15 2012 Abstract: Forest property tax incentives were developed in the early 1900s to enhance onsite forest management and ensure predictable timber supplies, but their ongoing contributions to landscape connectivity between […]

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AB402 — Assembly version of MFL changes, also lobbying

The Assembly version of the proposed changes to the MFL is AB402, and has been assigned to the Assembly Forestry Committee. You can track its progress here or by RSS. As of today, Government Accountability Board records [link now broken] indicate that two groups have lobbied on the Assembly bill so far: Plum Creek Timber Company, […]

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