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Revisiting the Logging Sector in Wisconsin

Harvester; photo by M. RickenbachIn 2004, we completed a comprehensive survey of the logging sector in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula (see this report). Much has changed since then. Most of it was bad, notably an economic recession and mills moving overseas. There's been one potential bright spot: woody biomass for energy.

MFL Landowners #4: Reasons for Landownership

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Chart of Reasons for Landownership by Ownership Size Category

NYTimes: Land protection versus past racism

From yesterday's New York Times...

Black Landowners Fight to Reclaim Georgia Home
Published: June 30, 2010
The land is a national wildlife refuge, but the displaced landowners say they can coexist with nature.

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
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).

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