Logging workforce development: who will log?

Loggers play an essential role in ensuring the sustainability of forests along with the wood industries that depend on them. Yet, the logging sector faces concerns with recruiting and retaining skilled loggers. On-going work on this emerging topic include continued analysis of past logger survey data, coordination with colleagues in Minnesota, and a project-based course for Spring 2015.


"Small-scale" forestry in Wisconsin

Continued forest parcelization creates significant barriers to forest landowners seeking to manage their forests for ecological and economic benefit. Such parcelization also hampers the ability of public agencies to provide technical assistance and education to landowners. In this research and extension project, we define and categorize small-scale forest ownerships through an analysis of practice data.


Social networks & ecological systems: Linking actors to landscapes

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.

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.

Review of McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program

NIFA logoOn 13 June, I was in Washington, DC along my NIFA co-authors (see citation below) to present our final report on the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program to the Forest Research Advisory Council.

It's the Network: How Personal Connections Shape Decisions about Private Forest Use

network graphicOur recent paper, "It's the Network: How Personal Connections Shape Decisions about Private Forest Use" was just published in the Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.

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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Wisconsin logger study results: comparing then and now

Loggers are the critical link between forests and wood markets. They are also key actors in implementing sustainable forestry. Their actions drive a multi-billion dollar industry that is the backbone of local communities across Wisconsin. The economic downturn has been tough on markets and mills. At the same time, costs continue to rise for equipment, stumpage, and just about everything else. Loggers across the state and nation have felt this trend. Wisconsin’s logging sector entered the recession under considerable strain.

New article on co-benefits of the MFL by Locke & Rissman

(copied from Web of Science alert)

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