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Forest Sustainability in the Development of Wood Bioenergy in the U.S.

Bioenergy

Sustainability of Transatlantic Biomass Trade
Europe is expected to import up to 60 million tons of wood pellets annually in the next 20 years, most coming from the U.S. South. To address this growing trade in wood energy, over 60 experts and stakeholders representing conservation organizations, government agencies, universities, and the forest and renewable energy industries in nine different countries gathered in Savannah, Georgia, in October 2013.
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Pellet Production: Pathways to Sustainability
Producers of wood pellets in the United States will need to meet or exceed sustainability standards set by the European Union and individual European countries to protect the health of forests, while accessing expanding export markets. The growing European demand for U.S. wood biomass requires buyers to demonstrate enhanced sustainability of North America's forest resources. 
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Wood Bioenergy: A National Dialogue
Starting with the Pocantico scoping workshop hosted by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Pinchot Institute has led a detailed examination of the opportunities and challenges of sustainable wood bioenergy, and developed a comprehensive set of technical papers addressing the intersection between renewable energy and forest management policies. In cooperation with the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, the Pinchot Institute convened a series of regional workshops to explore important differences in sustainable wood bioenergy strategies across the US and Canada. The results of this national dialogue are summarized in the 2010 report shown at the left, and available for download by clicking on the link below.
Biomass
The Future of Wood Bioenergy in the United States: Technical Papers
Working with leading experts from around the United States and Canada, the Pinchot Institute has compiled a comprehensive series of technical papers on key topics relating to forest sustainability and wood bioenergy. Topics covered include how best to assess regional supply and availability of woody biomass, how best to pair appropriately scaled technologies with these supplies, how wood bioenergy is developing differently in various regions of the US, and both the future and current policy framework that supports sustainable wood bioenergy.
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Wood Bioenergy: Biomass Harvesting Standards
Forest type, forest economics, conservation objectives, and biomass supply and availability all vary between regions and states. The Pinchot Institute is working with several state forestry agencies and the USDA Forest Service to develop biomass harvesting guidelines customized to the needs and objectives of individual states.
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Log Trucks
Wood Bioenergy: CROP
A central challenge to developing bioenergy projects at scales that are matched to local resources is determining available and sustainable biomass supplies. This is especially difficult in large intermixed landscapes of public, private, and tribal lands operating on very different management plans and timelines.  The Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) is a biomass supply analysis tool that allows users to go beyond the physical inventory of biomass to understand how much biomass is projected to be available from federal, state, tribal, and private lands around a given location. 
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