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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Grazing and public lands in Wisconsin

This project will investigate the potential for grazing livestock on publicly owned and managed grasslands and to analyze the environmental, economic and social outcomes of that activity.  The need for this information rests on two primary drivers – the need for cost-effective grassland management and the potential for these lands to increase the profitability of […]

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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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UW study on fawn survival will be featured on PBS

“Professor Tim Van Deelen and M.S. student Camille Warbington are conducting research on the survival of neonatal white-tailed deer. […]  In 2012, a film crew followed field capture efforts for footage to include in an upcoming episode of PBS Nature. The episode, entitled The Secret Life of Deer, is scheduled to air nationally in the […]

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Wisconsin logger study results: comparing then and now

Loggers are the critical link between forests and wood markets. They are also key actors in implementing sustainable forestry. Their actions drive a multi-billion dollar industry that is the backbone of local communities across Wisconsin. The economic downturn has been tough on markets and mills. At the same time, costs continue to rise for equipment, […]

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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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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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Thesis: Landowners, neighbors, and invasive species

Last week, Ms. Kelly Crosset successfully defended her MS thesis entitled, Landowner Perspectives on Invasive Species Management and Neighbors in Southwest Wisconsin. The abstract is below, and we will be working on developing a paper based on her work, which is quite interesting. If you’d like to learn more about this study, let me know. […]

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