Revisiting the Logging Sector in an age of Bio-energy

Harvester; photo from John Deere websiteThe logging sector is essential for sustainable forest management and the smooth functioning of fiber markets that account for a sizable portion of the region's economy. As primary agents of sustainable forest management, logging firms play three crucial roles:

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.

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.

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