***REVISED: Some old code in the statistical file was deleting observations. The revised charts reflect all the data. No significant changes in distributions.***
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.
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).
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.
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.
As I was listening to Marketplace this evening on Public Radio, they aired a segment on wills that control wealth far beyond the grave.
PIE (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.
The Special Committee is directed to review the Managed Forest Land (MFL) Program in order to ensure the long-term management and sustainability of private forest lands and to increase participation in the program. The committee shall review the following issues: