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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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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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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Silvopasture — opportunities and challenges in Wisconsin

“Picture a savanna with lush grass, a herd of grazing animals, and scattered trees. Silvopasture is a farming system modeled on savannas that integrates tree, grass, and livestock production. In many parts of the world, farmers and foresters find that combining grazing animals with woodlands or tree plantations can improve both tree growth and milk or meat production.” […]

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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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Consider the source: public perception of bioenergy and land use change

Does the feedstock affect how people evaluate bioenergy? Bioenergy has been viewed as a positive development in terms of energy independence and mitigating climate change impacts. It may provide economic returns to landowners and local communities by providing additional revenue opportunities to traditional industries. In this study, we investigated how framing affect perception. In particular, […]

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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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Review of McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program

On 13 June, I was in Washington, DC along my NIFA co-authors (see citation below) to present our final report on the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program to the Forest Research Advisory Council. McIntire-Stennis plays a critical role in forestry research and graduate education across the country and supports programs at land grant universities and […]

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Lost loggers: Eau Claire paper covers the lack of young people in sector

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram published, “Declining number of young loggers worries some in industry“, which outlines a key challenge for the logging sector as well as those that depend on it for lumber, pulp, and other fiber. Depending on how many times you access the paper, you may have to pay for access. It was published […]

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