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  1. Woody Biomass:Making Wood WERC for Us Steven J. Milauskas Stephen M. Bratkovich

  2. 2030 25x25 ? ? 25x25 ? ? 25x25

  3. Biomass is Important

  4. 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.

  5. 25% of U.S. Forest Land in NA

  6. 93% in State and Private Ownership

  7. Infrastructure…Forest Workers

  8. Infrastructure…Manufacturing Sites

  9. Infrastructure…Markets

  10. Locations of Vermont Schools Using Woody Biomass for Heating Source: Vermont Superintendents Association Momentum and a Critical Mass

  11. Wood Education and Resource Center Main Office Building (23,000 SF)

  12. Rough Mill (right) New Training Annex (center) Main (left) WERC Buildings

  13. Why WERC? Sustainability • Industry • Communities • Forests

  14. Why WERC? 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

  15. WERC States - Eastern Hardwoods 162 Million Acres are in the Eastern Hardwood Forest Type 93% total Eastern forest = private + other public83% total Eastern forest = private only

  16. Why WERC? • Industry Challenges Job Losses - 5 years Wood Products: 20,000 Paper: approx. 100,000

  17. WERC Cluster Public / Private Partnerships Facilities – offices, training, manufacturing Work force - labor Forest Resources Infrastructure WERC Training Research TechnologyTransfer Investment Capital

  18. WERC Current Focus • 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

  19. New Business EstablishedAccurate Millworks – January 2006

  20. Biomass is Important

  21. Renewable Portfolio StandardsPartnership Potential

  22. Available Biomass Agricultural and Wood Residues

  23. U.S. Biomass Resources Low Inventory Agricultural Resources Agricultural and Wood Resources Wood Resources U.S. Biomass Resources

  24. U.S. Ethanol Biorefineries

  25. U.S. Biomass Facilities Single symbol can represent multiple plants. Heat, Power, Ethanol, and Biodiesel Products

  26. Source: U.S. EPA, 1999 Pulp, Paper, Paperboard Mills Source: EPA

  27. Competitive Grants Program 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

  28. Competitive Grants Program 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

  29. WERC Biomass Investments FY 2005: $973,121 Nine projects FY 2006: $585,566 Ten projects

  30. Utilization Options for 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

  31. WERC FY 2006 Biomass Investments (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

  32. Results and Outcomes 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

  33. WERC Future Biomass Directions • 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

  34. NA Biomass Success Stories

  35. New Hampshire Biomass Partnership Planning to install a district heating system for 750,000 square feet of campus buildings

  36. VT North Country Hospital Powers with Wood

  37. Fire Hazard Reduction in Minnesota

  38. NA’s Biomass Niche • NA has...

  39. NA’s Biomass Niche • Accessible and available forests

  40. NA’s Biomass Niche • Existing infrastructure

  41. NA’s Biomass Niche • Momentum and a critical mass

  42. NA’s Biomass Niche • Capacity

  43. For more information http://www.na.fs.fed.us/ea/werc/werc.shtm/