- Author: Rebecca Snell
Over 70 people attended the Quincy Woody Biomass Utilization Workshop last week. Numerous speakers included Forest Service personnel, private forest managers, the wood processing industry, academia and regulators.
The agenda started with discussions related to the forest resource and management and then looked at existing markets. We then focused on opportunities for biomass utilization in the local area. The session on environmental considerations looked at the impacts of fuels reduction treatments and forest management on forest health, biodiversity, soils and air quality. We concluded with a look at a number of funding opportunities for projects.
The in-woods part of the field tour schedule had to be canceled due to the unseasonal rain. However, we were able to visit the Sierra Pacific Industries Quincy sawmill. The excellent tour included the large log sawmill and also the recently reopened small log mill. Finally we toured the onsite power plant.
Presentations are now available online at http://ucanr.org/biomassquincy2010. A summary presentation of the main workshop is available here.