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Energy from our Forests
Introduction
Oregon’s forest lands cover 45 percent of the state. Sixty percent of those forest lands are federally owned.
 
Forests define the character of the state, providing us outstanding beauty, recreational opportunities, family wage jobs, a tax base for schools and other social services.
 
Woody biomass has been used for energy production in Oregon for years. Oregon’s forest, range, and agricultural lands are extraordinary in their diversity and contribution to the state’s economy. Many of Oregon’s industrial energy users utilized woody biomass to provide heat and electric energy. Three of the top four Oregon industries are timber, agriculture, and tourism.
 
 
Frank Lumber Company Wood Pellet Bag Storage 
Wood Pellet Bag Storage at Frank Lumber Co. in Mill City, OR 
 
Maintaining and enhancing the contribution of these forestlands is essential to the
well-being of Oregonians.
 
 
 
 

Forest Biomass Resources and Information
Oregon Department of Forestry
ODF's mission is To serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.
 
Forest Biomass Working Group
The Forest Biomass Working Group (FBWG) was established in November 2005 to meet the directives in Senate Bill 1072 and to accomplish the biomass goals in the Governor’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP).
 
U.S. Forest Service
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.
 
Bureau of Land Management 
BLM manages approximately 65 million acres of forests and woodlands in Alaska and 14 Western States (FIA Report 2007). An estimated 16 million acres are in need of restoration. Woody biomass is a part of BLM's forest product line and is primarily comprised of restoration residues and smaller diameter material from forestry, fuels and rangeland treatments. Biomass utilization is expected to increase as an increasing number of renewable and bioenergy facilities come on-line....