Ecosystem services

Grazing and public lands in Wisconsin

This project will investigate the potential for grazing livestock on publicly owned and managed grasslands and to analyze the environmental, economic and social outcomes of that activity.

NEW: Wisconsin Landowners and ecosystem services

New PublicationThe UWEX Learning Store has just published, Expanding Sustainable Forestry on Wisconsin Woodlands. This publication reports on recent research describing Wisconsin's woodland owners, focused in two areas:

Chicago Climate Exchange: Forecasting doom?

carbon atom by Greg Robson
According to this Reuters article, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is pessimistic about its future. Participants, in the absence of cap and trade policies, see little value in continuing.

New report on issues surrounding hunting access in the U.S.

See the New report out on the factors that limit hunting access on public and private lands and opportunities for improving access. The national survey of hunters identified a variety of key problems, including the posting ("No Hunting") of private land and changes in private land ownership.

Coupled Human and Natural Systems Fellowship Awarded

We will have an exciting opportunity to share our recent findings with an international research audience in Washington D.C. this coming April, as Tricia Knoot was awarded a fellowship through the the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net), see this website. As a fellow, she will present our research surrounding landowner decision-making, egocentric networks, and ecosystem services from private lands at the 2010 meetings.

Sustainable forestry for towns and counties

Through Wisconsin's Forest Sustainability Framework, there is a basis by which to see how forests and services they provide are changing over time, but what about at the county or town level? Why should town or county care? What is needed?

Improved business relationships in private forestry

Foresters are often central to private landowner management decisions and are required to negotiate pressing social and ecological concerns, such as changing ownership patterns, timber markets, and pest outbreaks. The relationships among foresters—their social networks—can allow for the exchange of information and knowledge concerning the changing environment. Therefore, foresters' social networks may be critical to their collective and individual capacity to contribute to landowner decision-making, ecosystem resilience, and the provision of ecosystem services.

Egos and Alters: Networked landowner decision-making

Forests and their management are one of the most intriguing examples of the interconnectedness of social and natural resource systems—particularly those in private landownership. Central to understanding and managing these systems is how private forest landowners make decisions in their local social and ecological context. The purpose of this study is to investigate the egocentric networks of landowners in individual and collective decision-making related to two practices: timber harvesting and invasive species removal.

Carbon sequestration on private woodlands

There is large amount of carbon sequestered on Wisconsin's private woodlands, but to receive the economic benefits of carbon sequestration the land must be certified as sustainably managed. Only a fraction of these lands—held in thousands of small landholdings—are certified and the sustainable management future of these lands are in doubt with potentially negative environmental and economic outcomes related to the provision of ecosystem services like carbon sequestration.

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