NWTF Awarded Biomass Enterprise Grant By Arizona State Forestry

In conjunction with National Bioenergy Day, Arizona State Forestry is happy to announce that the National Wild Turkey Federation has been awarded a Biomass Enterprise Grant. The grant will be used to produce an engineering feasibility analysis to add heat recovery capability to a wood biochar pryrolosis production unit in Safford, Arizona. The woody biomass […]

In conjunction with National Bioenergy Day, Arizona State Forestry is happy to announce that the National Wild Turkey Federation has been awarded a Biomass Enterprise Grant. The grant will be used to produce an engineering feasibility analysis to add heat recovery capability to a wood biochar pryrolosis production unit in Safford, Arizona. The woody biomass will be originating from the Pinaleño Ecosystem Restoration Project in the Coronado National Forest on Mt. Graham.

The Pinaleño Ecosystem Restoration Project is a 5,754 acre project that will implement treatments to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk, and protect habitat of the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel. On-the-ground operations, which include mechanical harvesting and biological monitoring, are being managed by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The by-products of the restoration work include small diameter trees and woody biomass from chipping operations. Production of value added products, such as biochar, from the by-products helps to offset the costs of implementing the treatments.

Cliff Dils, USDA Forest Service Southwestern Regional Director of Forest Management, states that “I am pleased the Coronado National Forest is part of this innovative biomass project. Renewable energy promotes the use of wood residues (biomass) generated in forest restoration projects. Wood energy enterprises support sustainable forest management, which helps reduce damage caused by uncharacteristic wildfires, insects, disease, and invasive species.”

“These types of public-private partnerships are essential for the protection of our forests and watersheds,” said Arizona State Forester, Jeff Whitney, “We need to operate at a scale sufficient to address our forestry challenges-our efforts must include all hands and all lands. A vibrant forestry industry in Arizona is necessary for the long term success of our restoration efforts.”

Coronado National Forest Supervisor, Kerwin Dewberry said, “I am very pleased that federal and state agencies are able to partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation for this project. The only way that we can address our forestry issues is through working in collaboration with each other.”

From The Spectrum: http://www.thespectrum.com/story/life/features/mesquite/2015/11/02/national-wild-turkey-federation-awarded-biomass-enterprise-grant-arizona-state-forestry/75035516/

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