Forest residues, including small-diameter trees, tops and limbs, produced during thinning and timber harvest operations, have long been underutilized and treated as waste materials.
Missoula, MT (PRWEB) October 09, 2015
An October 23 webinar, the first in a series of three for fall 2015, will present in-depth information on the $5.88 million Waste to Wisdom project and its efforts to better utilize forest residues for the production of bioenergy and bio-products. Forest residues, including small-diameter trees, tops and limbs, produced during thinning and timber harvest operations, have long been underutilized and treated as waste materials because of their high collection and transportation costs and low market value.
Waste to Wisdom is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative program, Award Number DE-EE0006297, and is led by Humboldt State University with support from 15 regional partners.
While offering an overview of Waste to Wisdom, the webinar will focus primarily on the feedstock development portion of the project and the following topics: separating/sorting tree tops from logging residues during timber operations, quality of feedstocks produced from tops and limbs/branches, baling limbs/branches for efficient handling and transportation, and testing screening technologies for controlling feedstock sizes.
The webinar will be held during National Forest Products Week on Friday, October 23 at 11:00am Pacific time. Seats are limited and registrants are already reserving their spots. See the webinar page for more information and a registration link.
In November and December, additional Waste to Wisdom webinars will explore two more topics: biochar production using forest residuals, and the evaluation of economic and environmental benefits from utilizing forest residues for bioenergy and bio-based products.
About Forest Business Network
Forest Business Network (FBN) is one of 15 regional partners working with Humboldt State University on the Waste to Wisdom project and is tasked with providing public outreach. In addition to its top-tier technical consulting services, FBN publishes a leading forest industry news website and an email newsletter read by almost 10,000 subscribers each week.