2018 Blogging Logging – Business demographics (week 4)

Wisconsin loggers are the backbone of the wood products industry, a primary contributor to the Wisconsin economy and the sustainable management of forests in the state.  In the prior two surveys, we asked respondents to provide the business owner’s age, assuming that there was only one owner. Recognizing that this might misrepresent business structure, in […]

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2018 Blogging Logging — Profitability & production capacity (week 3)

Across all three surveys, loggers were asked to qualitatively assess their business’ profitability. Possible responses ranged from “very poor” to “excellent” with a mid-point indicating “average/broke even” (“good” and “excellent” are combined for analysis). In all three periods, approximately 10% of businesses reported “very poor” profits, while roughly one-third reported average (i.e., break-even) profitability. The […]

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2018 Blogging Logging — Harvest systems & production volumes (week 2)

Between 2003 and 2016, there have been modest shifts in the ways Wisconsin logging businesses harvest and process trees. In Wisconsin, we find that logging businesses use one of three harvest systems. Chainsaw-based systems rely on hand felling and processing and typically use cable skidders to drag or forwarders to carry processed trees to the […]

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2018 Blogging Logging — Introduction

Over the next several months we will share the findings from a survey of the Wisconsin logging sector conducted in 2017. Our data provide summary statistics on the 2016 production year. Each week will feature a different aspect of the survey findings. Where applicable, we will provide comparisons with previous surveys covering the 2003 and […]

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Social marketing to engage forest landowners in the Driftless Forest Network

The article below was recently published in the on-line journal, Journal of Extension. If you’d like to learn more, please let me know. Using Social Marketing to Engage Extension Audiences: Lessons from an Effort Targeting Woodland Owners https://www.joe.org/joe/2017june/a2.php Abstract Social marketing involves applying traditional commercial marketing techniques to public good outcomes. We share findings from […]

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Driftless Forest Network – Comprehensive Evaluation Report

For those interested in reaching unengaged landowners, you’ll want to check out the final evaluation report for the Driftless Forest Network. The report is a compilation of the multiple evaluation findings over the course of four years. The executive summary is inserted below and the full document is available at this link. Citation: Núñez, J., T. […]

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Implications of MFL changes — DNR interim guidance and FAQs

Last week shortly after the Governor signed the MFL change bill (now Act 358), the DNR sent an e-mail to the forestry community highlighting the changes and their implications. The two attached referenced in the e-mail are linked in the text.   Council Members and Interested Parties, Yesterday Governor Walker signed into law ACT 358 […]

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MFL changes signed into Law

This afternoon the Governor signed SB434, which made several significant changes to the Managed Forest Law that will affect landowners, local government, industry, DNR, and others. The description at the preceding link covers many of the notable changes, though landowners will need to be more attentive in overseeing management on their land as certain DNR […]

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Report: Wood Supply Chain Component Costs Analysis

As part of the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study, Steigerwaldt Land Services and Forest2Market completed a cost analysis of regional wood supply chains. The report was published in November 2014, but apparently I forgot to post it. However, the information is still quite useful and, as I understand it, a follow-up study is in the works. […]

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Logging sector hourly wages in the Lake States, 2014

The median wage for logging equipment operators in the Lake States ranged from $13.42 per hour to $15.67 in 2014. Median wages for fallers ranged from $12.76 to $22.14 per hour. This summary reflects data collected and publicly available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the three-state region, median wages were consistent highest […]

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