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Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4

Photo of Community Biomass Handbook volume 4 helps users identify complementary biomass products that make ecologic and economic sense. Community Biomass Handbook volume 4 helps users identify complementary biomass products that make ecologic and economic sense. Snapshot : The Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing is a guide for creating sustainable business enterprises using small diameter logs and biomass. It can be used to guide restoration treatment planning and prioritizing treatment areas so they match existing infrastructure or potential industry.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lowell, Eini C. 
Research Location : Western U.S.
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1361

Summary

Forest restoration and fire risk reduction treatments can generate large volumes of woody biomass. Utilization of this biomass has always been a challenge, and the lack of biomass utilization opportunities for byproducts of restoration treatments can slow the pace of these activities. Its low value coupled with transportation costs often makes it uneconomical to remove from the forest. Collaboratives, partnerships, and communities were spending limited dollars on feasibility studies for proposed biomass utilization projects that more often than not didn't pan out resulting in no money left to explore other options. Tools were needed for rapid assessment of biomass projects,from wood energy to more complex integrated enterprises. The Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing is designed to help business partnerships, forest managers, and community groups rapidly explore and evaluate integrated manufacturing opportunities. It is particularly relevant to communities and business near public lands and identifies the types of information needed when considering biomass utilization. It walks users through the initial stages of project scoping. It also helps forest managers understand how to structure restoration contracts to support existing and emerging biomass markets while stimulating local community development.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Bihn Communications, LLC
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Idaho