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Woody Biomass Harvesting & Utilization

This site includes resources from three workshops hosted by University of Minnesota Extension in March 2006. The workshops, titled “Woody Biomass Harvesting & Utilization,” were held in Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, and Rochester, Minnesota.  The workshops were attended by a total of 279 foresters, wildlife managers, loggers, and others.

Download resources from the workshops.

Woody biomass is a renewable energy source that has the potential to offer ecological and economic benefit to those in the Upper Midwest.

The harvest of woody biomass has the potential to either defray some of the cost of existing operations (like fuel reduction activities) or to generate income for landowners. Biomass harvesting may also be a safe and cost-effective way to maintain habitat for wildlife species such as sharptail grouse. Two possible sources of woody biomass include residual material from timber harvests and woody material from brushlands.

Three workshops that were offered in March 2006 addressed practical considerations of managing and utilizing woody biomass.

Loggers' workshop - Grand Marais
Woody Biomass Background - Mike Demchick PowerPoint
Biomass Guideline Development - Dick Rossman PowerPoint
Economic of Biomass Harvest - Dean Current PowerPoint
NRRI's Biomass program - Bill Berguson PowerPoint

Download resources from the Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, and Rochester workshops:

Participant Lists:
Grand Rapids workshop
Saint Cloud workshop
Rochester workshop

Conference brochure (PDF, 1 MB)

Grand Rapids workshop
Effects of biomass harvesting on soil and site productivity
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin –  Stevens Point

Biomass Harvesting as a Wildlife Management Tool
Rick Horton, Minnesota Regional Wildlife Biologist, Ruffed Grouse Society, Grand Rapids

Marketing of biomass
Wade Gordon, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet

The Laurentian Energy Authority— Commercial Operation by 12/31/06
Gary Cerkvenik, Engineer, Virginia-Hibbing Power Plant

Mechanics of small scale boiler system
Robert Bartz, President, Palisade Supply Inc., Hill City

Opportunities for existing products from existing sales: Focused on concentrated and dispersed slash
Keith Jacobson, Program Leader, Wood Utilization and Marketing

The potential use of biomass markets to reduce the costs of precommercial thinnings
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Improving land management and lowering costs through biomass harvest: Opportunities for biomass production from brushlands
Dean Current, Program Director, Center for Integrated Agriculture and Natural
Resources Management, University of Minnesota

Pest and disease management: Implications to biomass production
Jana Albers, Pest and Disease Management Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids

Harvesting biomass to meet multiple objectives
Don Arnosti, Forest Program Director, Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy, Minneapolis

St. Cloud workshop
Effects of biomass harvesting on soil and site productivity
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin –  Stevens Point

Biomass Harvesting as a Wildlife Management Tool
Steve Merchant, Wildlife Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul

Opportunities for existing products from existing sales: Focused on concentrated and dispersed slash
Greg Russell, RC&D Forester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Willmar

Central MN Ethanol Co-op: Biomass Gasification and Electric Cogeneration Demonstration Plant
Kerry Nixon, President, Central Minnesota Ethanol Coop, Little Falls

Utilizing slash from hybrid poplar as a source for energy
Dean Schmidt, RC&D Coordinator, WesMin Resource Conservation & Development, Alexandria

The potential use of biomass markets to reduce the costs of precommercial thinnings
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin –  Stevens Point

Improving land management and lowering costs through biomass harvest: Opportunities for biomass production from brushlands
Dean Current, Program Director, Center for Integrated Agriculture and Natural
Resources Management, University of Minnesota

Pest and disease management: Implications for biomass production
Susan Burks, Pest and Diseases Management Specialist, Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul

Harvesting biomass to meet multiple objectives
Don Arnosti, Forest Program Director, Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy, Minneapolis

Rochester workshop
Effects of biomass harvesting on soil and site productivity
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin –  Stevens Point

Biomass Harvesting as a Wildlife Management Tool
Jodie Provost, Private Lands Wildlife Habitat Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul

Marketing and sale of biomass: Opportunities for existing products from concentrated and dispersed slash
Lance Sorensen, Utilization and Marketing Forester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lake City

Emerging market opportunities for lesser utilized forest species
Lance Sorensen, Utilization and Marketing Forester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lake City

The potential use of biomass markets to reduce the costs of precommercial thinnings
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Improving land management and lowering costs through biomass harvest: Opportunities for biomass production from brushlands
Dean Current, Program Director, Center for Integrated Agriculture and Natural
Resources Management, University of Minnesota

Pest and disease management: Implications for biomass production
Susan Burks, Pest and Diseases Management Specialist, Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul (presentation delivered at St. Cloud workshop)

Harvesting biomass to meet multiple objectives
Don Arnosti, Forest Program Director, Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy, Minneapolis

Other resources:
The following publications were distributed in digital form (on a CD) at the workshops:


Contacts for more information:
Mike Demchik, Associate Professor of Forestry
University of Wisconsin-Steven Point
715-295-8910 or mdemchik@uwsp.edu

Diomy Zamora, Regional Extension Educator
University of Minnesota Extension Service
218-828-2332 or zamor015@umn.edu

These workshops were sponsored by the USDA / DOE Joint Biomass R&D Initiatives, the University of Minnesota Extension Service, the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, the University of Minnesota College of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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