Prepared for the National Association of State Foresters, Forest Markets Committee by Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC, September 2008
The purpose of this report is to review the status of woody biomass as an energy resource, the tatus of the technologies for using it (particularly the new ones under development which could broaden the use of biomass), and to suggest a strategy to NASF for actions it and its members could take to increase the use of woody biomass for energy.
NASF's interest in this topic stems from its understanding that the practice of "sustainable" forestry depends on diverse and robust markets for forest products - particularly for low grade materials and its interest in helping to address global warming by replacing fossil fuels with CO2 neutral wood.
Biomass energy refers to energy derived directly from plant or plant-derived materiali. Biomass includes wood from the forest and mill residues, purpose-grown energy crops, and agricultural crops grown or used for energy production. This report, prepared for the National Association of State Foresters, focuses on forest-derived wood, including forest residues, mill residues, and ood harvested specifically for energy production.
This report was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Foresters in September 2008. Produced by the NASF Forest Markets Committee, this report does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of all State Foresters. The report is intended to support informed debate as policies are developed in this rapidly emerging area.