Synopsis of Driftless Forest Network evaluation at Environmental Evaluators Forum

Last week, Alanna Koshollek (Aldo Leopold Foundation) and I attended the Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) Forum in Washington, DC. The format was novel in that topics were determined on the day of the event as opposed to in advance (called an "unconference"). 

Rickenbach to help NIFA with natural resources, bioenergy, and climate change

NIFA logo 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.

Economy deals death blow to Living Forest Co-op - The Country Today

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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Virtual visit to a timber harvest -- revisited

Cataract, WI sign[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.

RSA Animate: The Power of Networks

From the Tree [to the Web] of Life...sent to me by Bethany

Radio interview on SW Wisconsin bioenergy survey

WRCO logoLate 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).

How social networks are like carbon-Christakis video

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.

Wisconsin Council on Forestry supports Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act

The Wisconsin Council on Forestry sent letters to the Wisconsin's congressional delegation in support of pending federal legislation entitled, the Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act (HR2541 and SB1369), which would continue the existing policy that forestry operations are non-point source pollution and that forestry best management practices are an appropriate policy tool for protecting water qualit

Attending Bioenergy Training

This week I am attending Sustainable Bioenergy Training Program for Extension Educators in Columbia, MO, along with several extension colleagues from Wisconsin as well as the North Central region. The hope that we will develop a comprehensive extension curriculum to support the bioenergy discussion in Wisconsin.


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