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Idaho Forest Biomass Workshop

Posted by Hannah Meganck on August 17, 2017

November 8-9, 2017 in Grangeville, Idaho

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-- Support for new forest ventures and growing existing ventures --

This workshop brought together statewide and regional representatives of forest biomass utilization projects currently underway and in development. Attendees learned about existing and new research, commercialization, and development opportunities where biomass is fueling enterprise growth and sustainability in natural resource economies. 

After more than a decade of active development, stakeholders have gathered valuable experience in biomass technologies that can work in Idaho to support forest health, wildfire risk reduction, and economic development.  We know what technologies work, but launching new ventures is still a risky and challenging business proposition. 

This workshop connected people active across the forest biomass value chain and focused on linkages between resource supply, marketable uses, and project development.  Attendees conversed with an expert lineup of panelists from business, industry, manufacturing, government, and academia.  The workshop format was strategically designed to engage the audience in lively discussion and relationship building in an effort to move the ball forward.

When: November 8-9, 2017

Where: Grangeville, Idaho

Admission: $35 (includes coffee and lunch on Thursday)

Agenda: Download the complete agenda and presentation materials below.

The workshop included a FREE field tour for registered participants on Wednesday, November 8th from 1-5 pm at Idaho Forest Group Sawmill and Rocky Canyon Pellet Manufacturing.


Our first panel, State of the forest resource: Managing for the future, was moderated by Julie Kies, Wood and Biomass Program, USDA Forest Service. Panel talks by

Scott Godfrey, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests USFS Workshop Presentation,

Jim Elbin, Forest Management Bureau, Idaho Department of Lands IDL Presentation, Idaho State Map,

USDA Forest Service Dennis Becker, Policy Analysis Group, University of Idaho, Idaho’s Forest Products Industry 2016, Wood Flow Handout,

Rich McMillan, Potlatch Corporation talk, Potlatch Presentation,

Our second panel, Status and trends in Idaho forest industry and harvests, was moderated by Rick Brenneman, Idaho RC&D. Panel talks by

Rodney Krogh, Evergreen Forest Products

Mac Lefebvre, Idaho Forest Group Lefebvre Presentation,

Robert Shaw, Woodgrain Millwork Shaw Presentation,

Mike Sterling, Parma Post & Pole Sterling Presentation,


Our third panel, What’s happening in biomass around the region, was moderated by Chris St. Germaine, Clearwater County Economic Development

Randy Brooks, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Brooks Presentation,

Andrew Haden, Wisewood Energy (presented by Chris St. Germaine) Wisewood Presentation,

Gerry Ikola, Ikola Logging,

Stephanie Nelson, Valley County Living with Fire,

Our fourth panel, What are new business/technologies opportunities, was moderated by Julie Kies, Wood and Biomass Program, USDA Forest Service. Panelists included

David Drinkard, Ag Energy Solutions Drinkard Presentation,

Eini Lowell, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service Lowell Presentation,

Armando MacDonald, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources McDonald Presentation,

Waste to Wisdom Project, Humboldt University (presented by Julie Kies) Humboldt Presentation,


Our fifth panel, Support and incentives for biomass utilization and industry, was moderated by Chris St. Germaine, Clearwater County Economic Development. Panelists included

Jenny Hemly and Randy Shroll, Idaho Department of Commerce

Julie Kies, Wood and Biomass Program, USDA Forest Service Kies Presentation,

Quang Nguyen, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, Idaho National Lab Nguyen Presentation,

Michelle Noordam, Business Programs, USDA Rural Development USDA Presentation,



This event brought to you by Sustainable Northwest, the City of Orofino, and Clearwater County Economic Development with support from the US Forest Service.

          

Thank you to our organizational sponsors Forest Energy Oregon, Wisewood Energy, and Bear Mountain Forest Products.

Thank you to our event sponsors Modern Machinery, Triad Machinery, and Idaho Truck Sales


Attendees enjoyed a full field tour of both the Idaho Forest Group Grangeville Sawmill and the Rocky Canyon Pellet facility next door. Scroll down for pictures taken during the event

Idaho Forest Group - Engineers explaining product lines

Idaho Forest Group - Engineers explaining product lines

Small group photo during Idaho Forest Group sawmill tour

Small group photo during Idaho Forest Group sawmill tour

Idaho Forest Group

Idaho Forest Group - A sense of scale: an enclosed belt delivers sawmill residuals to fire the boiler for steam

Rocky Canyon Pellet - Baler in action

Rocky Canyon Pellet - Rosebud shavings for bedding

Rocky Canyon Pellet - Rosebud shavings for bedding

Moving sawdust

Moving sawdust

Group picture

Group picture

Pellet extrusion machinery

Pellet extrusion machinery

Rocky Canyon Pellet - Sawdust in the yard

Rocky Canyon Pellet - Sawdust in the yard