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Influence of policy, air quality, and local attitudes toward renewable energy on the adoption of woody biomass heating systems

Publications Posted on: November 21, 2018
Heat produced from woody biomass accounts for a significant portion of renewable energy in the United States. Economic and federal policy factors driving institutional adoption of woody biomass heating systems have been identified and examined in previous studies, as have the effects of state policies in support of biomass heating.

Impacts of bio-based energy generation fuels on water and soil resources [Chapter 7]

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2018
The use of bio-based fuels for energy generation can have positive or negative impacts on water and resources. To best understand these impacts, the effects of bioenergy systems on water and soil resources should be assessed as part of an integrated analysis considering environmental, social and economic dimensions.

Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2018
Forest residues, including unmerchantable and small-diameter trees, tops, and limbs, produced during thinning and timber harvest operations can be used to produce renewable bioenergy and bioproducts. The more efficient utilization of forest residues could also help offset the high costs of forest restoration activities, fire hazard treatments, post-harvest activities and forest management in general.

Burgeoning biomass: Creating efficient and sustainable forest bioenergy technologies in the Rockies, part II

Pages Posted on: April 03, 2018
Woody biomass could be used to generate renewable bioenergy and bioproducts in the western U.S. and has the potential to offer environmental and societal benefits. The purpose of the Rocky Mountain Research Station-led Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) project is to research and develop technologies, approaches, and new science that will help to make this possible. Part one of this series (September/October 2014) addressed the economic and environmental challenges of the biomass supply chain, from the site of harvest to the bioenergy facility— from "cradle to gate." This issue of the Bulletin is focused on the supply chain from the conversion facility to end use, covering material processing, conversion, end use, and disposal—from "gate to grave." Research findings have the potential to facilitate biomass utilization as a feasible renewable energy option to offset fossil fuels, reduce our long-term carbon emissions, and address many significant forest management challenges.

Technoeconomic and policy drivers of project performance for bioenergy alternatives using biomass from beetle-killed trees

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2018
As a result of widespread mortality from beetle infestation in the forests of the western United States, there are substantial stocks of biomass suitable as a feedstock for energy production. This study explored the financial viability of four production pathway scenarios for the conversion of beetle-killed pine to bioenergy and bioproducts in the Rocky Mountains.

Integrating sustainable biofuels and byproducts into forest industry supply chains

Publications Posted on: December 13, 2016
Forest biomass is a promising feedstock for the production of bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts because it is renewable and widely available as a byproduct of forest management. Its harvest and use also has the potential to positively impact rural communities, especially those negatively impacted by upheaval in the forest sector.

Home: A Guide to Soil Quality Monitoring for Long Term Ecosystem Sustainability on Northern Region National Forests

Pages Posted on: November 28, 2016
SoLo is a computerized and networked collection of representative documentation on Soil quality monitoring and Long term ecosystem sustainability, linked electronically by topic and by geography. Use the Menu to the left to begin a search, and follow the links to find the information you need.

Biomass, bioenergy, and biochar production and application

Pages Posted on: November 21, 2016
A list of publications related to biomass, bioenergy, and biochar production and application.

New study identifies biomass harvesting techniques that have few long-term impacts

FS News Posted on: October 06, 2016
A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques.

On-site energy consumption at softwood sawmills in Montana

Publications Posted on: July 28, 2016
Total on-site energy requirements for wood product manufacturing are generally not well understood or publicly available, particularly at subregional scales, such as the state level. This article uses a mail survey of softwood sawmills in Montana to develop a profile of all on-site energy consumption. Energy use is delineated by fuel type on a production basis for both renewable and nonrenewable sources for production year 2009.