Yesterday morning, the Legislative Council met regarding the proposed changes to the MFL. The Council voted to allow full consideration by the Assembly and Senate as a single bill. That is, instead of seven different changes moving through the legislative process, the changes will be combined into one.
When I know more about committee assignments and a bill number, I will post.
I received word today that the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council, the body that authorized the MFL study, will meet on May 4 to discuss, and I suppose, take action on the Special Committee's recommendations.
Time, location, and complete agenda have
Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota, recently posted on the Woodland Owner Network a summary of a peer-to-peer learning conference earlier this month. He outlined four directions that were important moving forward:
Proposed Legislative Changes to the MFL: Focus on Local Government
A recently completed Legislative Council Special Committee has recommended seven changes to the Managed Forest Law. This Forestry Fact (#107) reviews those changes with a focus on their potential implications for towns and counties.
Jon Breschak, the PhD student working with me, is a voracious reader of both academic works and more popular media interpretations of social science and networks. Consider this recent e-mail...
We had some excellent news on Friday. The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture funded our project, Identifying and engaging stakeholder networks toward sustainable, multi-sourced biomass production. The proposal summary is below. We anticipate starting the project either this summer or fall, but need additional clarification.
One of my students recommended this. Worth the ten minutes.
UPDATED Mar 23--There are lots of changes packed into the Legislative Council Special Committee recommendations on the MFL (see this post and this other one). The path to passage is unclear (given everything else), but folks with an interest in private lands, forest management, local government, and economic development should pay attention and, more importantly, get involved!