USDA Forest Service
 

Pacific Northwest Research Station

 
 
 
Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

US Forest Service

Biomass and Bioenergy

 

Utilization of low-value biomass has proven challenging to partners and stakeholders wishing to make use of byproducts from restoration treatments or from trees affected by disturbances such as fire and insects. Communities benefit from understanding how best to identify and evaluate utilization opportunities. Pacific Northwest Research Station science on alternative, value-added products from the byproducts of restoration treatments and the economic opportunities this provides informs the planning and decision-making process.


The Pacific Northwest Research Station has published four handbooks that help rural communities quickly determine if biomass energy projects might work for them:

 

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 1: Thermal Wood Energy

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 1: Thermal Wood Energy (2014)

 

For iPad and Mac users, the interactive Community Biomass Handbook is available for free download at the iTunes Bookstore 

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 2: Alaska, Where Woody Biomass Can Work (2015)

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 2: Alaska, Where Woody Biomass Can Work (2015)

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 3: How Wood Energy is Revitalizing Rural Alaska (2016)

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 3: How Wood Energy is Revitalizing Rural Alaska (2016)

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing (2017)

 

Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing (2017)

 

These handbooks help to save significant time, resources, and investment by weeding out wood energy projects that may never come to fruition from those with a chance of success. The handbooks also give rural communities a wider array of options for building industries that can effectively use materials removed in forest restoration and fire risk reduction activities.

 

For more information, contact Eini Lowell, research forest products technologist, at elowell@fs.fed.us or (503) 808-2072

 

 

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