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MFL Landowners #6: Past Timber Harvest Assistance

Chart of Satisfaction with Forester and Logger Assistance by Ownership Size Category

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."

Conserve, Conservation, Conservative: The Politics of Conserv*

Marketplace, the business news show on public radio, ran a piece on residential "green" energy initiatives. From the Marketplace site:

Bringing both sides for conservation: Like a lot of things, environmental conservation is another issue that divides conservatives and liberals -- but maybe it can turn into a bipartisan issue with a little bit of tweaking on how the conservation message is conveyed.

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

more below graphic (click above)... Chart of Reasons for Landownership by Ownership Size Category This is the fourth in a series of posts on findings from a study of Managed Forest Law (MFL) participants.

NYTimes: Land protection versus past racism

From yesterday's New York Times...

Black Landowners Fight to Reclaim Georgia Home
By SHAILA DEWAN
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
By TOM ZELLER Jr.
Published: June 18, 2010

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