Connecting woodland owners and faith communities

Attend any forestry meeting about engaging woodland owners and you’ll soon hear someone mention about reaching “beyond the choir.” In essence, landowner outreach programs are good at reaching people who like managing their land and are actively engaged in it. However, reaching beyond that core group has remained a challenge. A recent study completed as […]

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Payments for Ecosystem Services: Will they grow the choir?

In Wisconsin, there are over 300,000 woodland owners. Only 30,000 or so are enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program. The MFL has a timber focus, which might make it unappealing to some. Also, society values other forest benefits, often called “ecosystem services”. To study this, we surveyed non-MFL enrolled landowners to assess their willingness […]

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Wisconsin forestland ownership, 2003-2013

Forests cover roughly 16 million acres (> 25,000 square miles) in Wisconsin: larger than the entire state of West Virginia. Who owns all that forestland? It is a mix of private and public owners ranging from the USDA Forest Service managing over 1 million acres to families and individuals owning 30 or 40 acres. The […]

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MFL Redux: Council on Forestry recommended changes

At the last Council on Forestry meeting (14 May), the Council finalized its recommendations for the Legislature to consider in revising the Managed Forest Law. For those familiar with recent efforts to change, update, re-envision, etc. the MFL, you’ll find ideas both old and new.There are 24 specific recommendations for the Legislature and others to […]

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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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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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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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