Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines

Speaker:  Zander Evans, The Forest Guild
Host: Mike Jacobson, Penn State, NEWBio

Dr. Evans will present a comprehensive review of existing biomass harvesting guidelines from Maine to South Carolina, to demonstrate commonalities across regions and some important differences. In addition to state level guidelines, Evans will present new regional guidelines and their underpinning science. These new guidelines developed by the Forest Guild cover the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. In these regions, both fire and fuel reduction play a bigger role than in the north where biomass harvesting guidelines were first developed.

The importance of documenting the sustainability of forest biomass harvests is underscored by sustainability requirements under consideration by the European Union which will have a significant effect on the burgeoning wood pellet industry int he southeastern U.S.
Evan's current research includes developing guidelines for successful and responsible biomass removal projects, measuring the carbon impact of using forest biomass for energy and heat, and investigating climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for the forestry sector. As research director, Evan's mission is to continue the Guild's history of developing creditable and useful publications. He is also helping to coordinate the Forest Guild's Ecological Forestry Initiative.

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Mike Jacobson, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

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