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.
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
On 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.
Our 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.
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.
(copied from Web of Science alert)