The Driftless Forest Network project is a novel living experiment that seeks to engage and empower landowners and to create an integrated support structure for them. It is has lots of moving parts. We (Jerry Greenberg, Alanna Koshollek, and I) do our best to describe all these in a recently submitted paper for an upcoming conference proceedings. Here's the abstract with the paper attached below (pdf).
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, stumpage, and just about everything else. Loggers across the state and nation have felt this trend. Wisconsin’s logging sector entered the recession under considerable strain.
Assuming all the paperwork sorts out, I’ll begin a one-year special assignment with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) focused on the agency’s natural resource, bioenergy, and climate change portfolios beginning July 17.
Sara Bredesen, in a recent article in the Country Today "Economy deals death blow to Living Forest Co-op," reports that the Living Forest Cooperative based in NW Wisconsin voted to dissolve earlier this year.
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[UPDATED June 7] Several years ago, we developed a website that showed timber harvest effects at photo points, entitled Timber Harvesting: A Virtual Visit to the Harvest Site. The last set of photos were taken 2.5 years after the harvest.
From the Tree [to the Web] of Life...sent to me by Bethany
Late last week, I was interviewed by Aaron Joyce, News Director at WRCO in Richland Center (click logo for more on station). He was one of 600 residents in SW Wisconsin to receive a questionnaire about bioenergy and land use.
Click here to download/listen to the full interview (mp3, 3.1 MB, 3m 15s).
Click here for a link to an 11-minute crash course in social networks by Nickolas Christakis at Harvard Univeristy as part of its Harvard Thinks Big series.
Christakis is a professor of sociology, medical sociology, and medicine at Harvard Univeristy and Medical School.
David Kittredge at UMass sent me the video link.