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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.***

Chart of Decade Acquired by Ownership Size Category

NYTimes: Questioning Woody Biomass in Massachusetts

The New York Times on Saturday ran an article about controversies over the sustainability of woody biomass for energy in Massachusetts. There isn't much in terms of facts or data (on either side), but noteworthy for the coverage of the topic.

Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny
By TOM ZELLER Jr.
Published: June 18, 2010

Captured on WisconsinEye: Discussion with EAB Operations Team

Picture of EAB on pennyEarlier this week, I participated in a meeting of Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Operations Team. WisconsinEye (i.e., WI C-Span) captured the meeting on camera and posted the video and audio here.

Look what Mr Peabody found: Wisconsin Governor's Council on Forest Productivity Final Report

You all remember the punning Mr. Peabody and his "wayback" machine, right? I used to watch him on Sundays growing up...

Well, here is an oldie from Wisconsin's forestry past: "Governor's Council on Forest Productivity Final Report" (pdf, 7.1 MB). It is a fairly comprehensive look at how the state viewed forests and forestry at the time--my how things have changed (and not).

Reading list: Hollowing Out the Middle

Per the recommendation of Kathy Walsh (colleague in Political Science), I just finished reading Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America . The book relates a study of who leaves, stays, and returns to one NE Iowa agricultural town. It is an interesting, well-written descriptive qualitative study, but I wish it was a bit more grounded in the rural sociology literature.

Managed Forest Law (MFL) recent changes: a summary

2009 Wisconsin Act 365 (pdf) is intended to "clean-up" and streamline the rules of the Managed Forest Law. Kathy Nelson (WNDR Forest Tax Policy Chief) recently sent out an e-mail summarizing the changes, which is copied below.

Revisions Streamline Managed Forest Law

Governor Doyle signed 2009 Wisconsin Act 365 (previously known as Assembly Bill 580) into law at the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Death, taxes, and immortality: Home on the range forever?

Picture of oakAs I was listening to Marketplace this evening on Public Radio, they aired a segment on wills that control wealth far beyond the grave.

PIE in the Kickapoo

Picture of PIE groupPIE (People, Institutions, and Ecosystems) is a group of faculty and students largely based on the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. We meet bi-weekly to discuss our respective projects that focus on, not surprisingly, people, institutions and natural ecosystems.

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