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Effective Feb. 2, 2012

AB402 -- Assembly version of MFL changes, also lobbying

The Assembly version of the proposed changes to the MFL is AB402, and has been assigned to the Assembly Forestry Committee. You can track its progress here or by RSS.

Extent of woodland leasing in Wisconsin: Insights from a recent landowner survey

Key Findings

  • Leasing occurs on 7-9% of private woodlands.
  • 6.0% of landowners not enrolled in the Managed Forest Law (MFL) in a 2010 survey reported leasing land for activities such as hunting.
  • Larger parcels are leased more frequently reflecting greater economic motivations for landownership.
  • Demographically, those who lease have slightly higher educational attainment, but are otherwise similar.


Driftless Forest Networks: Building networks

MY WI WOODS LOGO; style=For the last several months, I've been involved with the Driftless Forest Network, a consortium of forestry interests in the Driftless Area seeking to harness peer-to-peer models to influence land management and to build outreach capacity among resource managers and others.

Assembly Forestry Committee to meet AB 342 -- a bill to exempt some lands from withdrawal payments

On Nov 1, the Assembly Forestry Committee will take public testimony on AB342.

The Legislative Reference Bureau summarizes the bill as follows:

Wisconsin forestry tops nation in jobs and shipments

Click here for press release from Governor's office.

This is an old press release (August), but one I had trouble finding initially. Luckily, the DNR posted it as part of their Wisconsin Forestry Notes, distributed by e-mail. (See here for subscription information.)

I've looked on AF&PA's website for the report with the data, but have not found it. 

Fiscal impacts of MFL changes in the allocation of closed acre fee

State Capitol; photo by 'Pauliefred' from WikimediaDepartment of Revenue's Fiscal estimates (pdf) of the MFL changes (SB161) are available. Note that these are an incomplete assessment as the MFL is largely under the Department of Natural Resources' purview.

Timber harvesting resources for landowners

Harvester; photo by M. RickenbachConsidering a timber sale? Don't know where to start? Here are some resources for you to consider.



NY TImes OP-ED: Our Hidden Government Benefits: What we don't know...

Our Hidden Government Benefits: The threat to democracy today is not the size of government but rather the hidden form that so much of its growth has taken.

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