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U.S. Forest Service

International Forestry Group Tours Drax Biomass In Louisiana

Drax Biomass played host to a diverse group of international scientists and forestry experts at Morehouse BioEnergy on Monday, following an international conference in Little Rock. Jim Guldin, a supervisory research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and program chair for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations workshop, said the tour was comprised of […]

Full Scale Nanocellulose Production Plant Under Study In California

Full-scale wood-based nanocellulose production at a California site could result if a feasibility study underway by the USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory pans out. The Madison, Wisconsin, research arm of the U.S. Forest Service is working with local government officials in Yreka, California, along with area timber processors, on a project that could help turn small-diameter […]

Alaska Communities Get A Boost For Biomass

Haines is one of just two Alaska communities to be awarded large wood-innovation grants from the U.S. Forest Service. The other is the Hydaburg School District. The Haines Borough will get $250,000 to use toward expanding a wood energy, or biomass, heating system. According to a Forest Service release, 77 applications were received nationwide with […]

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. […]

Southern Research Station: Increasing Our Knowledge Of Woody Biomass Harvesting

U.S. Forest Service research helped the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests move forward in implementing a new forest plan by setting up studies to address stakeholder concerns about the effects of harvesting for biomass feedstocks. The Lower Cowpasture Restoration and Management Project proposed for the Warm Springs Ranger District and the George Washington and […]

Southern Wood Pellets Feed Europe’s Power Plants, Spark Environmental Debate

As the European Union works to reduce carbon emissions by moving from coal-fired power plants to renewable fuel sources, countries are increasingly looking to the United States’ southern forests for part of the answer. Wood pellet mills are sprouting up across the South, including one in Bastrop, turning trees into fuel that is then shipped […]

Oregon Gains Key Biomass Project Grants

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff Oregon gained several U.S. Forest Service (FS) grants to aid in developing wood bioenergy resources, markets and infrastructure as part of the recently announced $9 million in FS Wood Innovations grants awarded to projects in 23 states. The state is a major player in solid wood and paper product markets and […]

Oregon Senate Votes To Define Biomass As ‘Carbon-Neutral’

The Oregon State Senate has approved a bill to declare biomass “carbon neutral.” Senate Bill (SB) 752 was sponsored by Sen. Tim Knopp and Sen. Chris Edwards, who is also chair of the Senate Environment and National Resources Committee, and passed the Oregon Senate in a unanimous vote. SB 752 mirrors a rule previously enacted […]

Oregon Senator Wants State Federal Buildings On Biomass Energy

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Monday he wants the federal government to replicate the successful use of biomass energy in Oregon and Wallowa County by using the renewable energy source when it leases or builds federal facilities in the state. In his letter to General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini and U.S. Forest Services Chief Thomas […]

U.S. Forest Scientists Help Remove The Clutter, Complexity On Biomass Energy

The science dialogue is heating up on biomass as policy makers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere seek to chart a path forward on carbon emissions policies. With so many opinions and hypotheses offered by so many, the airwaves on biomass seem to be getting pretty cluttered and pretty confusing, pretty fast. Fortunately, U.S. […]


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