Forest Biomass and the Bioeconomy: Using Forest Residues for Profit, Carbon Sequestration and Soil Restoration

Start Date: April 25, 2019
Location: Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA

8:00Welcome and introductionDeborah Page-Dumroese and Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

8:15Efficient and Cost Effective Forest Biomass Operations: Improving Biomass Logistics and Supply ChainHan-Sup Han, Northern Arizona University

9:00Case study: Project Planning for Biomass Utilization – Green Diamond Resource CompanyMike Alcorn, Green Diamond (invited)

9:20Conversion Opportunities: What Can be Done With all That Woody Biomass? (torrefaction, briquettes, wood chips, etc.)Speaker TBA

10:10   Break

10:45Biochar as a Forest Industry Co-product: Is There Space For New Products in Traditional Manufacturing Operations?Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

11:15Economics of Equipment and Biochar Valuation: What Makes and Loses Money in the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Market?Kamalakanta Sahoo, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service

11:45   Lunch

1:00Building Soil Organic Matter With Biochar: What Are The Important Connections Between Carbon Sequestration, Soil, and Forest Health?Deborah Page-Dumroese, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service

1:30Case study: Making Biochar and Bioenergy at a Fixed-Location Biochar PlantGrant Scheve, Rogue Biochar

1:50Forest to Farm: What are the Connections Between Biochar From Forest Biomass and Adding Value in the Agricultural Sector?Jim Archuleta, USDA Forest Service

2:10   Break

2:30Connections to Natural Soil Carbon: Can Prescribed Fire Help Restore Charcoal to Forest Soils?Tom DeLuca, University of Montana

3:00Revitalizing Rural Economies With Woody Biomass, Bioenergy and Possibly Biochar: What are the Trends and Opportunities?Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry

3:30Case study: Mobile Pyrolysis and Fuel Treatment to Reduce Fire RiskDarren McAvoy, Utah State University

4:00DIY Biochar: The Best Technologies for Small Scale Production (kilns, pits, and boxes)Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

4:30   Wrap-up

4:45   Reception with speakers and attendees

About this Event
The meeting will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

For those who register prior to April 18, 2019 the fee will be $125. Registration after that date will be $175 per person. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712.

Cancellations received on or before April 18 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Lodging Information:

No block of rooms has been reserved this event. Heathman Lodge reservations can be made by calling 360-254-3100.

Society of American Foresters CFE Credits:
Workshop attendees will be eligible for credits through the Society of American Foresters.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship:
A limited number of corporate sponsorships and exhibitor spaces are available, please contact Richard Zabel using the contact form below to identify the best fit for your organization.

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