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National Forest Restoration Working Partnership Grant. Multi-collaborative effort to explore the use of woody biomass for cellulosic ethanol development in western Oregon. Tonight’s Agenda. Introductions Grant partners and activities Biomass examples Biomass around the state

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national forest restoration working partnership grant

National Forest Restoration Working Partnership Grant

Multi-collaborative effort to explore the use of woody biomass for cellulosic ethanol development in western Oregon

tonight s agenda
Tonight’s Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Grant partners and activities
  • Biomass examples
  • Biomass around the state
  • Future technology
  • Discussion
grant partners
Grant Partners
  • Lane County - Mike McKenzie-Bahr
  • Lane MicroBusiness - Martin Desmond
  • Resource Innovations, Institute for a Sustainable Environment - Marcus Kauffman
  • Northwest Cooperative Development Center - Eric Bowman
  • Oregon Environmental Council - Chris Hagerbaumer
  • Small Business Development Center
  • William H. Klausmeier, Ph.D - Lane Community College
  • Trillium FiberFuels, Inc. - Chris Beatty
  • Mater Engineering, Ltd. – Catherine M. Mater
  • Novus Group - Larry Brice
grant activities
Grant Activities
  • Woody biomass resource assessment to determine feedstock availability, price, and location, and transportation challenges;
  • Education and outreach to increase public understanding;
  • Assessing forest biomass processing capacity; and
  • Strengthening forest biomass business capacity through training and skill development.
definition
Definition
  • Biomass – any solid, non-hazardous, cellulosic material derived from:
    • Forest-related resources
    • Solid wood wastes (construction waste)
    • Agricultural residues
    • Dedicated feedstock crops e.g. switchgrass and hybrid poplar

Source: US Dept. of Energy

oregon is the middle east of forest biomass
Oregon is the “Middle East” of forest biomass
  • Oregon has more softwood volume than any other state in the nation.
  • 27.5 million acres of forestlands
why biomass utilization
Why Biomass Utilization?
  • Implement fuel reduction on a landscape scale (One quarter of the state of Oregon is at moderate to high risk of wildfire danger because of excess amounts of forest and range biomass).
  • Promote energy independence ($300m to $500,000,000 leaves state each year)
  • Foster low-carbon economy
  • Promote rural economic development
  • Reduces material to waste stream
  • Reduces burning of slash piles
problem summary
Problem Summary
  • All Ownerships
  • 10.4 million acres of Condition Class 3
  • 15.3 million acres of Condition Class 2
  • Public Lands
  • 15.5 million acres on public lands
  • 84 % outside Wilderness and Roadless Area
treatment gap
Treatment Gap
  • At a minimum we need to be treating 3-5 times current efforts
  • To be efficient and effective we need strategic assessment and planning at the statewide and local to mid-scale
  • The gap represents both added opportunity and added responsibility
woody biomass utilization
Woody Biomass Utilization
  • A wide variety of products (some still in R&D)
    • Firewood, post, and poles
    • Pellets and fuel logs
    • Lumber products, composite panels, pulp
    • Soil amendments
    • Landscape/landfill cover
    • Bio-based plastics, solvents, etc.
    • Biomass power and heat
    • Biofuels (ethanol, renewable diesel)
issues to consider
Issues to Consider
  • Scale and type of utilization strategy
    • Community Support
    • Biomass Supply
    • Project Economics
    • Appropriate Technology
    • Siting/Infrastructure