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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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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Forestry and the Wisconsin economy data from the DNR

Forestry and wood products are big business in Wisconsin. How big? Total 2012 output totaled nearly $23 billion with employment of more than 59,000, according to WDNR forest economist, Julie Ballweg. Additionally, forestry is the number one employer in SEVEN counties. To learn which ones (and other interesting statistics) or to DOWNLOAD statewide or county specific […]

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The vanishing middle-skilled job sector (WI State Jounal)

In this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal, the regular UWEX feature, “Econ Quiz”, reported on 2013 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the “middle-skilled job sector.” Between 1983 and 2012, the number of jobs classified as middle-skilled nationwide dropped from 59% to 45%. Middle-skilled jobs, according to the article, “generally requires more […]

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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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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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Timber harvesting resources for landowners

Considering a timber sale? Don’t know where to start? Here are some resources for you to consider. Publications Conducting a successful timber sale — A primer for landowners (pdf) Understanding the Sample Timber Sale Contract (includes sample contract and language) (pdf) Hiring a consulting forester (pdf) How to Hire a Contractor for Land Management Activities (pdf) DNR Timber harvesting […]

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MFL: local tax shifts from new enrollments

The current version of the MFL changes moving through the legislature (SB161) would both (1) increase the amount landowner would pay to close land under the MFL and (2) shift which government units ultimately receive those closed area fees. In this post, I want to focus on (2), perhaps I’ll find time to discuss the […]

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