Cooperating Foresters Meeting Presentation

Yesterday, I presented at the Wisconsin Cooperating Foresters Statewide Meeting in Stevens Point. In addition to the more extensive materials posted yesterday, here is a pdf of my presentation. The meeting is co-sponsored by the WNDR-Forestry and Wisconsin Consulting Foresters.

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Resources on the proposed MFL changes

I will be presenting at the Statewide Cooperating Foresters Meeting tomorrow in Stevens Point on the proposed changes to the MFL. Here are some addtional resources. LEGISLATIVE Senate Bill 161* — updated as bill proceeds Assembly Bill 402* — updated as bill proceeds Legislative Council Study Committee to Review the Managed Forest Land Program [link broken] — […]

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Written testimony on SB161

As noted previously, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education met yesterday. A sprained ankle prevented me providing oral testimony, but I did submit some thoughts in writing (pdf).

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Senate Hearing on Proposed MFL changes scheduled for Feb 9 at 1 PM

Next week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education [link broken] will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 161 [link broken]. This bill reflects the work of the Legislative Council Special Committee. The meeting will be at the State Capitol (411 South). If you live far away, it might be covered by WisconsinEye.

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Senate Hearing on Proposed MFL changes scheduled for Feb 9 at 1 PM

Next week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 161. This bill reflects the work of the Legislative Council Special Committee. The meeting will be at the State Capitol (411 South). If you live far away, it might be covered by WisconsinEye.

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Just finished: Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It

A portion of our current political discourse centers on government, its failings, and how it should be different. For anyone seriously interested in understanding government bureaucracy, why it is, how it works, and how to think about change, I would recommend spending time with James Q. Wilson’s classic, Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why […]

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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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Extent of woodland leasing in Wisconsin: Insights from a recent landowner survey

Key Findings Leasing occurs on 7-9% of private woodlands. 6.0% of landowners not enrolled in the Managed Forest Law (MFL) in a 2010 survey reported leasing land for activities such as hunting. Larger parcels are leased more frequently reflecting greater economic motivations for landownership. Demographically, those who lease have slightly higher educational attainment, but are […]

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