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FIA & Economic Development. Gary Lettman. An economist is someone who didn’t have enough personality to become an accountant. Oregon State Forester Marvin Brown. “No big deal.....just get this economy turned around.”. Bottom Line. Clients having a rough time financially

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Oregon state forester marvin brown
Oregon State Forester Marvin Brown to become an accountant

  • “No big deal.....just get this economy turned around.”


Bottom line
Bottom Line to become an accountant

  • Clients having a rough time financially

  • Need accurate and timely information more than ever

  • Needs for knowledge sharing and technology transfer growing


Fia relatively low profile
FIA Relatively Low Profile to become an accountant

  • Immediate revenue problems severe

  • Limits to solving immediate problems

    • Institutional

    • Political

    • Legal

    • Not lack of inventory information

  • FIA information critical for intermediate and long-term solutions


Today to become an accountant


Biomass examples of needed legislative fixes
Biomass: Examples of Needed Legislative Fixes to become an accountant

  • National – Address Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to allow biomass from federal lands to count towards renewable fuels standard

  • Oregon – Make biomass plants constructed before 1996 eligible for incentives


Still need fia to continue helping us better understand biomass energy potential
Still Need FIA to Continue Helping Us Better Understand Biomass Energy Potential

  • For example, to help focus infrastructure investment

  • Western Governor’s Association

    • Areas where biomass power expansion would likely contribute to the need for new electrical transmission capacity

    • Major areas missed by this analysis where states are aware of new biomass facilities that may require additional transmission capacity


Keep working on resource availability
Keep working on resource availability Biomass Energy Potential

  • Traditional timber supply studies but using supply/demand relationships

  • Better utilizing underutilized timber resources

  • Biomass to energy opportunities

  • Tie to existing and potential primary and secondary manufacturers


More examples
More Examples Biomass Energy Potential

  • Work to make BIOSUM and other tools more reality-based (model imperfect; assumptions legion)

  • Keep working to produce credible carbon baseline and change estimates

  • Increase economic development work

    • Secondary mill survey

    • E.g., Immediate industry need & impact work in Montana


Where to go from here
Where to go from here Biomass Energy Potential

  • Continue providing the best and most timely forest information possible (particularly about change--NOT NOISE)

  • Better systems for data, knowledge and technology transfer

  • States losing capacity to understand and utilize FIA data, so help us out

  • Work with states on stimulus funding


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