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Thursday, June 18, 2015
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,...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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.  Biomass101 is an effort jointly produced by the American Forest & Paper Association, American...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday more than $1.9 million in Community Forest Program grants to support local communities and preserve community forests across the United States. The Community Forest Program provides financial assistance grants to local governments, tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations...
Friday, March 6, 2015
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...
Friday, October 31, 2014
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...
Friday, September 5, 2014
AES Hawaii Power Plant, the only coal-fired plant in the state, has been asked to convert some of the energy being produced at the plant in to biomass from coal. "Hawaiian Electric believes that AES could provide superior optionality for the Oahu power system to optimize between cost and Renewable Portfolio Standard should...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Today over one-third of all K-12 students in Vermont attend a wood heated school and Vermont is home to the greatest concentration of installed modern wood heating systems in North America. The industry’s growth in Vermont is attributed to a high dependence on expensive heating oil, a wealth of forest resources, a culture...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Malheur Lumber Co. plans to add 20 to 30 jobs to their John Day Mill, going beyond a single shift for the first time since 1998 as a result of strong collaboration efforts and the launch of the 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest. The mill, which almost closed in late 2012, was the only operating...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Wood fibers have potential to clean up oil spills thanks to a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge developed by Swiss wood researchers Empa.   The material is highly absorbent, but light enough to float on the service and can be used from recycled wood materials and other cellulose-containing remains such as recycled...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Humboldt State University, Forest Business Network and 14 other regional partners received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research.  Under the grant, a team of academics, industry partners and forest land managers will build on existing research on the conversion of...

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