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Forest Biomass Working Group

Introduction

The Forest Biomass Working Group was established in November 2005 to meet the directives in Senate Bill 1072 and accomplish the biomass goals in then Governor Kulongoski’s 2005 Renewable Energy Action Plan.
 
The FBWG is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders in the private, public and non-profit sectors working to advance sustainable biomass utilization in Oregon. Participation in the FBWG is open to any member of the public interested in contributing to this end.
 
This FBWG is an important statewide forum for information sharing, problem solving, and knowledge creation relating to forest biomass. The FBWG provides education, strategic recommendations, and advice to state agencies, policy makers, the biomass industry and other stakeholders. 
 
The FBWG operates under the basic premise that biomass utilization is a unique opportunity that can provide a myriad of benefits to the state, our forests, and our citizens. Forest biomass that is harvested and utilized in a ecologically and economically sustainable manner can help accomplish important goals for Oregon:
  • Increase the health and resiliency of Oregon’s forests
  • Reduce wildfire threats to communities and restore Oregon’s forest to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire
  • Improve air quality
  • Diversify and strengthen rural economies
  • Provide renewable energy and bio-base products
  • Maintain the existing forest products industry and support job growth and retention in Oregon
If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about the FBWG, please contact Matt Krumenauer at 503-378-6043 or matt.krumenauer@state.or.us.
 
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Oregon's Forest Biomass Strategy

Oregonians have a strong connection to our natural resources. Stewardship of our forests is inseparable from our environmental and economic well-being. This strategy provides a series of actions that will increase forest biomass utilization, create Oregon jobs, revitalize rural economies and community prosperity, generate home-grown energy, and sustain healthy, resilient forests for future generations.

The forest biomass strategy was adopted by the FBWG on Nov. 1, 2012. Click here for a copy of the strategy.

This strategy recommends four market development initiatives that target specific growth opportunities and industry sectors, supports and enhances existing forest industries, and creates additional market opportunities for forest landowners and forest-based businesses. The initiatives are:

  1. Biomass Thermal: the generation of on-site heat at commercial and institutional facilities.
  2. Distributed Generation: the generation of heat and electricity at existing wood product facilities
  3. Existing Markets: landscape bark, shavings, bedding, and other commercial products
  4. Emerging Markets: biofuels, biochar, cellulosic ethanol and other nascent markets

Implementing these initiatives, as well as pursuing recommendations included in this strategy, will create a setting in Oregon that is conducive to successful commercial enterprises utilizing biomass.

The combination of forest restoration and economic development, along with the opportunities to grow the biomass industry into new and advanced markets, will diversify and improve Oregon’s energy system. 

This strategy represents a practical approach to developing Oregon’s biomass industry. The strategy draws from and supports related efforts such as the Federal Forest Advisory Committee Implementation Work Group, the Forest Cluster Economic Development team, Oregon’s Conservation Strategy, Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy and Oregon’s Ten Year Energy Action Plan 
 
In developing the strategy, FBWG participants and other stakeholders reviewed work completed to date, the recommendations from the 2007 FBWG report to the Renewable Energy Work Group, and identified the barriers, opportunities and key considerations from industry, conservation, environmental and governmental through a series of roundtable meetings conducted throughout early 2012. The results of those meetings are included below.

Thermal Energy Roundtable
Distributed Generation Roundtable
   
Emerging Markets and Tech. Roundtable
Supply Chain Roundtable
   
Sustainability Roundtable
Eastern Oregon/Dry Forest Roundtable
  
If you are interested in following the progress of this effort, or better yet participating, please sign up for the e-mail updates above. Updates to this page and notifications about these public meetings will be made through this list serve. If you would like to attend a meeting of the FBWG, please see the meeting schedule below. All meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. 
 
Contact information for the Co-Chairs is listed below: 
 

Forest Biomass Working Group Co-Chairs
Matt Krumenauer
Senior Policy Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy
503-378-6043
Matt.krumenauer@state.or.us 
Vacant position
 

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Meetings

Meetings of the FBWG are open to the public and, unless notes, are held at the Oregon Department of Forestry (2600 State St., Salem, OR).
 

DATE AGENDA MINUTES MATERIALS
​Nov. 12, 2013 Agenda
​June 11, 2013 Agenda Minutes ​Oregon Woody Biomass Assessment (document, PowerPoint)
​Nov. 1, 2012 Agenda Minutes Draft strategy with comments
​July 31, 2012 Agenda
April 2, 2012 Agenda   Strategy presentation 
Jan. 25, 2012 Agenda Minutes  Strategy presentation,
economic analysis of restoration,
WGA letter of restoration resolution,
WGA policy resolution,
public policy incentives for wood-based energy 
Oct. 25, 2011 Agenda Minutes Forest biomass removal,
Forest biomass collection and conversion 
August 22, 2011 Agenda  Minutes  Public policy incentives for wood-based energy,
Pacific Northwest strategy
May 26, 2011 Agenda  Minutes  Public policy incentives for wood-based energy,
Carbon neutrality (Version 3) 
March 8, 2011 Agenda  Minutes  Report to Board of ForestryCarbon neutrality,
Phase 2Living lab 
Nov. 3, 2010 Agenda  Minutes   
August 31, 2010 Agenda  Minutes   
July 8, 2010 Agenda  Minutes   
Feb. 22, 2010 Agenda  Minutes  Policy subgroup recommendation draft 
Nov. 17, 2009 Agenda  Minutes  Draft outcomesdraft outcomes 2 
Sept. 15, 2009 Agenda Minutes  2007 Energy Legislation,
Wood to Energy in Washingington
Sept. 25, 2007 Agenda  Minutes  Summary of 2007 Legislation,
REFF grant program
March 12, 2007 Agenda Minutes Commercial-scale bio-power 
Sept. 26, 2006 Agenda  Minutes  
July 26, 2006 Agenda Minutes   
June 15, 2006 Agenda  Minutes  
June 1, 2006 Agenda  Minutes
March 2, 2006 Agenda Minutes   
Jan. 18, 2006 Agenda Minutes   

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Vision

The vision of the Forest Biomass Working Group, as stated in its Charter, is:
 
Oregon enjoys healthy forests, clean air, expanded economic opportunity, and greater energy independence because of thriving industries that make the best use of the state’s forest biomass.
 
The goal of the group is to achieve the vision by addressing the barriers that exist for sustainable use of forest biomass in Oregon. This will be accomplished through the following objectives:
  1. Coordinate: Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, cooperation and coordination between government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector, leveraging the information and resources of all participants.

    • Coordinate with the other state Biomass Workgroups to promote the use of biomass as a sustainable source of renewable energy and value added products.
    • Assist rural communities with implementing strategies for economic expansion through the development of biomass-based businesses.
    • Increase understanding of local issues and needs relating to biomass energy development.
    • Monitor and encourage developing technologies that use forest biomass for energy and biochemical production.
    • Identify barriers that prevent establishment of a favorable business climate for businesses that use forest biomass as a raw material.
  2. Educate:Educate the public, government, environmental and business interests on the opportunities and benefits of forest biomass as a source of renewable energy through integrated statewide education and consensus building.

    • Inform state and federal policymakers of opportunities that will encourage forest biomass energy in Oregon and nationally.
    • Increase public understanding that biomass utilization is an effective tool for restoration of forests and rural economic development.
    • Establish and maintain a central clearinghouse via web pages and other tools for information on forest biomass energy and biofuels production.
    • Support strategies which provide for habitat needs, clean air and water, while meeting social and economic needs
  3.  Direct and Promote:Act at federal, state and local levels to accelerate the transference of best forest biomass management practices and energy development practices to chart a clear action plan forward.

    • Promote and support the goals of the Governor’s Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP), and the Board of Forestry’s Forestry Program for Oregon.
    • Promote the use of stewardship contracting authority on federal lands to help establish a sustainable/levelized supply of raw materials from those lands.

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Senate Bill 1072 (2005)

Senate Bill 1072, passed by the 2005 Legislature, directs the State Forester and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to take specific actions to increase the utilization of forest biomass, particularly from federal lands within the state, but also from tribal, state and private forests.
 
The Bill directs ODF to increase the state’s participation in federal forest management decisions so that local perspectives about specific forestland sites are considered. It also asks for assessing where opportunities exist, applying appropriate technologies to utilize these resources, and promoting public understanding of forest biomass issues and options.
 
Through the Forest Biomass Working Group, ODF is leading a collaborative effort with the Oregon Department of Energy and other state, federal, industry and public partners to foster a biomass industry in Oregon to meet the goals of Senate Bill 1072 and the Renewable Energy Action Plan mentioned above.

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