Oregon Biomass Collaborative Awarded USDA Funding

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to award a groundbreaking project with funding to continue its innovative work using wood waste for renewable energy. The Oregon Torrefaction Project will convert forest wastes to a low-carbon product that can be used to heat and power homes and businesses. […]

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to award a groundbreaking project with funding to continue its innovative work using wood waste for renewable energy.

The Oregon Torrefaction Project will convert forest wastes to a low-carbon product that can be used to heat and power homes and businesses. Processing in John Day will create access to rural jobs and reduce transportation costs.

“Thanks to community efforts that responsibly tripled the harvest from the Malheur National Forest, there’s a huge increase in the amount of biomass available,” Sen. Wyden said. “This project addresses several local industry and community needs by building new markets for wood wastes from forest health restoration and wildfire risk reduction, all while creating good-paying jobs in the woods.”

The project is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Endowment, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and private entities including Ochoco Lumber and Portland General Electric.

“We are excited to work with our partners on the ground, including the local collaboratives and the Forest Service, to build markets that can enhance forest restoration activities,” said Matt Krumenauer, Project Manager for Oregon Torrefaction. “Projects like ours not only help build resiliency in the forest, they support family wage jobs and the health of our rural communities.”

From the Wallowa County Chieftan: http://www.wallowa.com/northwest/20160517/john-day-biomass-collaborative-awarded-usda-funding

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