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2009 Congressional Briefing: Implications for Forest Sustainability
On April 9, 2009 the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a briefing to discuss sustainability issues and stewardship opportunities arising from the use of woody biomass for energy. National priorities for climate change mitigation and renewable energy production will significantly increase the use of biomass for energy.  Recent federal and state policies have established ambitious goals for biofuels production and electric power from renewable sources. Energy conservation and the expansion of zero-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal will get us part of the way there, but renewable and carbon-neutral sources of biomass must inevitably play a significant role. 

A Pinchot Institute for Conservation analysis of the combined goals for renewable electricity and renewable fuels production and their effect on net growth and growing stock on US timberlands suggests that the achievement of these goals by 2025 will present a significant challenge in terms of woody biomass supply and forest sustainability.

Pinchot Institute Analysis and Talking Points:
  • What Role Will Forests Play in America’s Long-Term Energy Future?, V. Alaric Sample [Download pdf]
  • Talking Points: Key findings from the Pinchot Institute Analysis [Download pdf]

Speakers for this event included:
  • Robin O’Malley, Program Director, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment 
Presentation [Download pdf]
  • V. Alaric Sample, President, Pinchot Institute for Conservation
 Presentation [Download pdf]
For a more in-depth look at the development of wood-based bioenergy in the United States, click here.

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