What we count and why it matters: The Audit Society

In recent years, we have become obsessed with counting things, that somehow numbers will provide documentation of effort and impact, and ultimately improve what we do. Michael Power, a professor of accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has something to say about this faith in numbers. In The Audit Society: Ritual […]

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NEW ARTICLE: Landowners, timber harvesting, BMPs, and social networks

Best management practices and timber harvesting: the role of social networks in shaping landowner decisions Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (on-line only) Tricia G. Knoot and Mark Rickenbach Abstract: The influence of social others in private landowner decision-making has received limited attention despite growing support for peer-to-peer learning and landowner cooperative behavior. We applied social […]

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MFL Landowners #6: Past Timber Harvest Assistance

This is the sixth in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. For other posts, click the tag, “MFL-stats.” If you’d like to receive an e-mail when new posts are available, please contact me. The graphic quality has gotten a bit worse: sorry, I’ll see what I […]

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MFL Landowners #5: Past Timber Harvest Experience & Satisfaction

This is the fifth in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. For other posts, click the tag, “MFL-stats.” If you’d like to receive an e-mail when new posts are available, please contact me. Over half of all those surveyed had harvested timber in the past. Those […]

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MFL Landowners #4: Reasons for Landownership

This is the fourth in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. For other posts, click the tag, “MFL-stats.” If you’d like to receive an e-mail when new posts are available, please contact me. The graphic quality has gotten a bit worse: sorry, I’ll see what I […]

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MFL Landowners #3: Distance from land and Frequency of visits

This is the third in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. For other posts, click the tag, “MFL-stats.” If you’d like to receive an e-mail when new posts are available, please contact me. The graphic quality has gotten a bit worse: sorry, I’ll see what I […]

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MFL Landowners #2: When and How was land acquired?

***REVISED: Some old code in the statistical file was deleting observations. The revised charts reflect all the data. No significant changes in distributions.*** This is the second in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. For other posts, click the tag, “MFL-stats.” Regardless of total woodland ownership […]

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MFL Landowners: How much do they own?

This week, I am starting a series of posts (tag = MFL-stats) on results of a recent survey Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants. I’ll be reporting descriptive statistics from our analysis as a way to organize my thinking for a longer Extension publication on the topic (which will include more in-depth information). Once I’ve got […]

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New paper on social aspect of private forest management

Forest management on private woodlands has largely been understood through the lens of private woodland owners. This is, of course, an important perspective, but what do other actors involved in private forestry think? This paper explores this perspective. Knoot, T.G., L.A. Schulte, N. Grudens-Schuck, & M. Rickenbach. 2009. The Changing Social Landscape in the Midwest: A […]

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