Proposals requested for studies of costs and benefits of constraints on harvests

In recent decades, there has been much discussion and debate regarding the costs and benefits of evolving forest policies, regulations, and guidelines in the United States.

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA) and Wisconsin County Forests Association (WCFA) are addressing information gaps about costs and benefits of changing forest policy in Wisconsin through a project known as the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study. NCASI is assisting with administration of research activities.

Consistent with the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study Plan, the GLTPA and WCFA are currently requesting proposals for research that will address all of the following questions related to selected timber harvesting restrictions in Wisconsin. 

  • What is the scope of selected timber harvesting restrictions in Wisconsin, and the potential for the restrictions to shift forest harvesting from summer to winter months? Restrictions of particular interest that should be addressed in submitted proposals include those related to oak wilt, state-listed and/or G1/G2 species, invasive species, leaf-off restrictions, and annosum root rot.
  • What are the economic consequences of the timber harvesting restrictions identified in question 1?
  • What are the ecological consequences of the timber harvesting restrictions identified in question 1?

The Request for Proposals and additional information about the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study is available at http://study.wisconsinforestry.org.

Questions and requests for additional information may also be directed to Fred Souba, WFPS Project Manager.  

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