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Woody Biomass: Making Wood WERC for Us. Steven J. Milauskas Stephen M. Bratkovich. 2030. 25x25. ?. ?. 25x25. ?. ?. 25x25. Biomass is Important. State and Private Forestry is primarily focused on ensuring sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

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Woody biomass making wood werc for us

Woody Biomass:Making Wood WERC for Us

Steven J. Milauskas

Stephen M. Bratkovich


2030

25x25

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25x25

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State and Private Forestry is primarily focused on ensuring sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

The Northeastern Area works with the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern States, and the District of Columbia.


25 of u s forest land in na
25% of U.S. Forest Land in NA sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


93 in state and private ownership
93% in State and Private Ownership sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Infrastructure forest workers
Infrastructure…Forest Workers sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Infrastructure manufacturing sites
Infrastructure…Manufacturing Sites sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Infrastructure markets
Infrastructure…Markets sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Momentum and a critical mass

Locations of Vermont Schools Using Woody Biomass for Heating sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Source: Vermont Superintendents Association

Momentum and a Critical Mass


Wood education and resource center
Wood Education and Resource Center sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Main Office Building (23,000 SF)


Werc buildings

Rough Mill (right) sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

New Training Annex (center)

Main (left)

WERC Buildings


Why werc
Why sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.WERC?

Sustainability

  • Industry

  • Communities

  • Forests


Why werc1
Why WERC? sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

History

  • 1996 R. C. Byrd Hardwood Technology Center

  • 1999 USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC)

  • 2005 USDA Forest Service WERC with newly focused vision


Werc states eastern hardwoods
WERC States - Eastern Hardwoods sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

162 Million Acres are in the Eastern Hardwood Forest Type

93% total Eastern forest = private + other public83% total Eastern forest = private only


Why werc2
Why WERC? sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Industry Challenges

    Job Losses - 5 years

    Wood Products: 20,000

    Paper: approx. 100,000


Werc cluster
WERC Cluster sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Public / Private Partnerships

Facilities – offices, training, manufacturing

Work force - labor

Forest Resources

Infrastructure

WERC

Training

Research

TechnologyTransfer

Investment Capital


Werc current focus
WERC Current Focus sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Maintain and expand partnerships

  • Lease rough mill facility – January 2006, Awarded to Accurate Millworks, Inc.

  • Annual competitive grants program

  • Utilize new training center

  • Lease shop facility – mid-2006

  • Technology evaluation/upgrade


New business established accurate millworks january 2006
New Business Established sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.Accurate Millworks – January 2006


Biomass is important1
Biomass is Important sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Renewable portfolio standards partnership potential
Renewable Portfolio Standards sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.Partnership Potential


Available biomass
Available Biomass sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Agricultural and Wood Residues


U.S. Biomass Resources sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Low Inventory

Agricultural Resources

Agricultural and Wood Resources

Wood Resources

U.S. Biomass Resources


U s ethanol biorefineries
U.S. Ethanol Biorefineries sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


U s biomass facilities
U.S. Biomass Facilities sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Single symbol can represent multiple plants.

Heat, Power, Ethanol, and Biodiesel Products


Pulp paper paperboard mills

Source: U.S. EPA, 1999 sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Pulp, Paper, Paperboard Mills

Source: EPA


Competitive grants program
Competitive Grants Program sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Targeted priorities include:

  • Economic competitiveness of hardwood industries

  • Providing information and technology (assist existing and emerging businesses, biomass, urban wood utilization, hazardous fuels reduction)

  • Encourage adoption of new technology

  • Support entrepreneurs and startup businesses

  • Address global issues – invasive species


Competitive grants program1
Competitive Grants Program sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

Additional priorities:

  • Providing training at the facility

  • Developing user-friendly publications and software programs

  • Results in 12 – 18 months

  • Multistate projects

  • Demonstrated industry support for WERC projects


Werc biomass investments
WERC Biomass Investments sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

FY 2005: $973,121

Nine projects

FY 2006: $585,566

Ten projects


Utilization options for emerald ash borer killed ash
Utilization Options for sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.Emerald Ash Borer-Killed Ash

  • Goal is to minimize removal and disposal costs of EAB-infected ash trees

  • Turning wood waste into usable products

  • Training urban foresters and tree care workers on proper log manufacturing


Werc fy 2006 biomass investments
WERC FY 2006 Biomass Investments sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

(Ten Projects) $585,566

  • Use of Eastern Hardwoods for Wood Plastic Composites – TN

  • Efficacy of Vacuum Control of EAB and Pinewood Nematode Infested Wood – VA

  • Design of Rapid Deployment Wood Recovery System After the Disaster – ME

  • Ash Utilization Options: Biomass Energy Development and Industry Training – MI

  • Assessment of Hardwood Sawmill Chip Availability in Appalachia – WV

  • Finger Jointed Wood Packaging Pilot Facility – VA

  • Assessing the Opportunity to Use Wood Residues as Commercial and Industrial Fuel Source – WV

  • Production of Ethanol from WV Wood Waste – WV

  • Eastern Hardwood Region Woody Biomass Energy Opportunity – MA

  • Urban Wood Utilization: Finished Wood Products Production – MI


Results and outcomes werc s investment in biomass
Results and Outcomes sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.WERC’s Investment in Biomass

  • Demonstration projects

  • More diverse energy portfolio

  • Healthier forests

  • Less waste along the entire supply and manufacturing chain

  • Sustainable forest-based rural communities


Werc future biomass directions
WERC Future Biomass Directions sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Feasibility assessments

  • Include wide range of biomass options (Include value-added, urban and forest health)

  • Expand biomass emphasis in grants program

  • Support to NA staff and States

  • Develop portfolio of successful demonstration projects

  • Develop analytical tools for use by interested parties

  • Information dissemination for impact – outreach and library

  • Regional biomass conferences and meetings at WERC


Na biomass success stories
NA Biomass Success Stories sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


New hampshire biomass partnership
New Hampshire sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.Biomass Partnership

Planning to install a district heating system for 750,000 square feet of campus buildings


Vt north country hospital powers with wood
VT North Country Hospital Powers with Wood sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Fire hazard reduction in minnesota
Fire Hazard Reduction in Minnesota sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.


Na s biomass niche
NA’s Biomass Niche sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • NA has...


Na s biomass niche1
NA’s Biomass Niche sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Accessible and available forests


Na s biomass niche2
NA’s Biomass Niche sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Existing infrastructure


Na s biomass niche3
NA’s Biomass sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands. Niche

  • Momentum and a critical mass


Na s biomass niche4
NA’s Biomass Niche sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.

  • Capacity


For more information
For more sustainable management of non-Federal forest lands.information

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/ea/werc/werc.shtm/


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