Public and community perceptions of renewable energy options

Sustainable energy platforms (e.g., cellulosic biofuels, biogas, solar, etc.) have and will continue to transform energy production and policy with myriad effects on land use, local communities, and regional economies.

Blogging Logging 15 - Summary

Loggers and logging businesses play key roles in sustaining both Wisconsin’s forests and the wood-using industries that depend on them. Our intent in this summary isn’t to provide a detailed a analysis of the results we’ve posted, as we plan to do that in a separate print publication. However, we would make the following four observations that seem evident in our findings.

Blogging Logging 13 - Interest in biomass harvesting

In the 2010 survey, we were particularly interested in loggers’ views of the potential of woody biomass and bioenergy to reshape the logging sector.  Our data show that woody biomass for pellets or bioenergy constituted about 2% of overall 2010 volume harvested using mechanized harvest systems that use feller-bunchers and/or harvesters, while less than 0.5% of the volume harvested by those using chainsaws.

LISTEN -- Opinions about bio-energy in Southwest Wisconsin -- Radio interview

WRCO News in Richland City interviewed James Spartz (Life Science Communications PhD student) about our study of public opinion about bioenergy. The general premise of the study is "do residents see bioenergy feedstock sourced from woodlands and croplands differently?"


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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).

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.


Bionergy feedstock supply in SW Wisconsin: A network approach to research and extension

Sustainable bioenergy derived from cellulosic biomass offers the potential to create new market and diversification opportunities for Wisconsin farmers, woodland owners, and their local communities. However, achieving sustainable biomass supply within Wisconsin’s mixed-use landscapes that include both agriculture and forest systems will require some degree of coordination across their strikingly different and traditionally isolated stakeholder networks.

New interdisciplinary project on bioenergy funded!

grassland woodland photo; photo by Lisa SchulteWe 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.

Novel loan program helps landowners enter MFL (from The Country Today)

The Country Today had a quite interesting article last week on a loan program to help landowners enter the Managed Forest Law: The Glenwood Project. As you read the article, though, it's not just the loan program, but a more encompassing view of forests and forestry.

Many thanks to The Country Today for allowing me to reprint it here. I added a few links where appropriate.

Out of the woods: Western Wisconsin initiative helps low-income woodland owners keep, benefit from their land
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