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How Cold Alaskan Communities Eat And Heat With Biomass

Alaska’s Southeast Island School District operates four bioenergy-heated greenhouses in Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati Bay, and Coffman Cove. Each greenhouse provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria and surrounding communities, jobs for district students, and an opportunity for teachers to bring textbooks to life. Success stories like this form the basis of the Biomass-Heated Greenhouse […]

Wood Supply Tracking System: Enviva Releases New Supply Chain Data

The world’s largest producer of wood pellets released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. These data are another key tool for measuring and demonstrating Enviva’s sustainability practices throughout the Southeastern United States. The latest Track & Trace data shows that Enviva sourced wood from nearly 1,200 […]

USFS Awards Grants To Expand Wood Energy, Wood Products Markets

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds from 36 business, university, nonprofit, and tribal partners in 19 states for a total investment of over $45 million. The public-private partnerships leveraged […]

Alaska Wood Energy Conference Coming April 11-12

Registration is open for the Alaska Wood Energy Conference, which will meet April 11-12 in Ketchikan. Conference organizer Karen Petersen of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service said the biennial conference will focus on how wood energy can help Alaska with its energy challenges. Conference topics will include biomass harvesting and production, Canadian […]

Opinion: Use Sierra Nevada’s Dead Trees For Energy

When the Forest Service announced its calculation last November that the Sierra Nevada contained 102 million dead trees, it conveyed the immensity of a tragedy that is unprecedented in California’s history. It also challenged planners and innovators to find a beneficial use for at least some of the dead trees. As it turns out, there […]

Arizona Awarding Biomass Enterprise Grants

Forests and woodlands across the state of Arizona are in need of market development opportunities to facilitate on‐the‐ground restoration activities. The Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management and the USDA Forest Service are committed to advancing the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private applications that use woody biomass […]

Study: Biomass Harvesting Techniques With Few Long-Term Impacts

A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques. The experiments, initiated in 1974, were conducted by scientists from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station on the Coram Experimental […]

Scientists Advocate For Forest Biomass Over Coal

The state of California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They’ve been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they’re just sitting there — destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by state fire managers before the […]

Montana Schools Weighing Biomass Plant Proposal

The Libby School District is looking toward the future with a proposed energy-efficient and cost-effective biomass plant. In a series of meetings, the district has been speaking with area officials and energy experts to further understand the benefits, costs and hurdles that a proposed biomass plant has to offer the district. “Its at the early […]

From Roadmap To Biomass Study, Maine Forest Industry Forges Ahead

Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin are continuing their efforts to seek federal assistance to help Maine deal with the loss of jobs and markets in the forest industry. In response to the congressional delegation’s request for assistance and a preliminary tour of Maine in March, Secretary Penny Pritzker of the […]

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