Payments for Ecosystem Services: Will they grow the choir?

In Wisconsin, there are over 300,000 woodland owners. Only 30,000 or so are enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program. The MFL has a timber focus, which might make it unappealing to some. Also, society values other forest benefits, often called “ecosystem services”. To study this, we surveyed non-MFL enrolled landowners to assess their willingness […]

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Wisconsin forestland ownership, 2003-2013

Forests cover roughly 16 million acres (> 25,000 square miles) in Wisconsin: larger than the entire state of West Virginia. Who owns all that forestland? It is a mix of private and public owners ranging from the USDA Forest Service managing over 1 million acres to families and individuals owning 30 or 40 acres. The […]

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Forestry and the Wisconsin economy data from the DNR

Forestry and wood products are big business in Wisconsin. How big? Total 2012 output totaled nearly $23 billion with employment of more than 59,000, according to WDNR forest economist, Julie Ballweg. Additionally, forestry is the number one employer in SEVEN counties. To learn which ones (and other interesting statistics) or to DOWNLOAD statewide or county specific […]

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Governor’s budget and implications for Wisconsin forestry

In his 2015-2017 proposed budget, the governor proposes numerous changes to the way state government should work in the future. Certain items have made headlines (e.g., public authority for the UW System), but the forestry budget has not yet received much attention. A recent e-mail from Paul DeLong, Chief State Forester and DNR Division of […]

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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.  The need for this information rests on two primary drivers – the need for cost-effective grassland management and the potential for these lands to increase the profitability of […]

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The vanishing middle-skilled job sector (WI State Jounal)

In this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal, the regular UWEX feature, “Econ Quiz”, reported on 2013 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the “middle-skilled job sector.” Between 1983 and 2012, the number of jobs classified as middle-skilled nationwide dropped from 59% to 45%. Middle-skilled jobs, according to the article, “generally requires more […]

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NY Times: Impact of recession on jobs and wages

Recent New York Times article (Sunday business) on the impact of the recession on jobs, wages, etc. Data are national, but there are state breakdowns, as well as US maps with what appears to be county level data. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/14/business/this-side-of-the-recession.html?ref=business&_r=1

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Council on Forestry priority goals and invitation

(text of email distributed yesterday) To Those Interested in the Forestry Industry in Wisconsin, At their meeting last week the Council on Forestry (Council) identified four priority goals (see background below) as a result of input received from Forestry Economic Summit participants.  The Council will work with interested parties to develop an action plan for […]

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