Logging sector hourly wages in the Lake States, 2014

The median wage for logging equipment operators in the Lake States ranged from $13.42 per hour to $15.67 in 2014. Median wages for fallers ranged from $12.76 to $22.14 per hour. This summary reflects data collected and publicly available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the three-state region, median wages were consistent highest […]

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Wisconsin Logging Sector: Status & Future Direction (new pub)

Loggers play an essential role in forestry and local economies. They are also important forest stewards that shape the forest for today and tomorrow. This extension reports on the status of Wisconsin’s logging sector based on data collected in 2004 and 2011. It covers production capacity, profitability, workers, and considerations for the future. Citation: Rickenbach, M., […]

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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 14 – Survey methods and response

After accounting for bad addresses, non-loggers, etc., response rates for both studies were high. The 2003 and 2010 surveys yielded response rates of 59% and 63%, respectively.  Of note, the 2003 response rate was for the entire survey, which included both Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The sample size for analysis was 369 for the […]

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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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Blogging Logging 12 – Timber products and buyers

Wisconsin’s logging businesses produce a diverse array of forest products, but hardwood pulp has been the largest portion of the volume harvested: 44% in 2003 and 49% in 2010.  This dominance reflects continued demand from the region’s substantial pulp and paper industry and an abundant hardwood forest resource.  Though Perry (2011) indicated a negative percent […]

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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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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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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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Blogging Logging 8 – Distance and Hauling

In 2010 the dominant factor affecting profitability was fuel prices.  Loggers require fuel for the equipment that is used to harvest timber and for the trucks to deliver that timber to a mill. Diesel fuel prices doubled from 2003 to 2010 from $1.488 to $2.964 per gallon (US Energy Information Administration). All questions related to […]

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