Biomass and Renewable Energy

Wood Supply Research Institute Requests Suggested Research Projects

Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) is seeking proposals for a WSRI funded Research Project. The project should be designed to have the potential to benefit the wood fiber supply chain and improve the efficiency and productivity of the fiber delivery process from the stump to the mill.

Alaska town switching from diesel heat to wood

Large-scale logging on the Yukon River started about a hundred years ago, when steamships burned a cord of wood per hour to power their engines. Village residents clear-cut wide swathes of forest along the river, but the logging tapered off when ships switched to diesel. These days, Alaskan villages like Galena are once again looking to the forest for an energy supply.

But this time around, a new generation of loggers is thinking more about sustainability in how – and why – they harvest trees from around their communities.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

U.S. Biobased Products Industry Contributes $369 Billion to the Economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. He also announced changes under the 2014 Farm Bill that will create additional opportunities for growth in renewable plant-based materials, supporting the Obama Administration's efforts to develop a new, rural economy and promote creation of sustainable jobs.

Coalition Announces Biomass101 Campaign

A leading coalition of forest owners, wood suppliers and manufacturers of pulp and paper goods announced today the creation of Biomass101.org, a clearinghouse for scientifically sound information on carbon-neutral bioenergy. 

Biomass Plant to Get Fuel from Fire-Damaged Forest

Hawaii has started cutting down trees on 300 acres of Kauai forest reserve that were scorched by wildfires in 2012 and sending the wood to be processed at a new biomass-to-energy plant.

Some 15,000 tons of eucalyptus and pine trees will be removed. Native and non-invasive species will be planted in their place.

The project aims to prevent flooding and erosion and limit damage caused by three blazes that burned about 4,000 acres in the Kokee area.

The state will use the $300,000 to $500,000 it gets from selling the logs to the Green Energy facility to plant trees.

2012 NASF State Forestry Agency Statistics

Every two years the National Association of State Foresters conducts a survey of its 59 State Forester members. The survey aims to capture key information about the non-federal forestlands in the United States and the role of State Foresters in enhancing their value, representing public interests, and protecting these lands from fire, disease, fragmentation and other resource threats.

The survey includes information about forestry programs, agency budgets, and funding support pertinent to each state and territory.

USDA Forest Service calls for bioenergy products in wildfire country

The USDA Forest Service has requested proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

The grants and cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement will support the Agricultural Act of 2014, and the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets.