UPCOMING PUBLIC/STAKEHOLDER MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
September 5, 2014
The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has initiated the development of an analysis work plan in response to the “Carbon Sink Act” (Assembly Bill 1504, Skinner 2010). The Carbon Sink Act amends the Z'Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 (PRC § 4512.5) to require that the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection' (BOF) regulations governing commercial timber harvesting take into account the capacity of forests to sequester carbon dioxide and meet the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission-reduction goals mandated for the state's forestry sector by California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32, 2006).
Under this legislation the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is to assess the capacity of its forest and rangeland regulations and non-regulatory forestry programs to meet or exceed the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals. At a minimum the BOF must consider:
- Whether relevant statutory or regulatory requirements governing a timber harvesting plan, sustained yield plan or its equivalent, non-industrial timber management plan, or any other discretionary approval for timber harvesting are sufficient to ensure a net reduction or sequestration of carbon emissions from primary forest carbon sources, sinks or reservoirs.
- Whether regulations governing conversion of timberland and forestland to non-timber and non-forest uses are sufficient to offset lost sequestration capacity and carbon emissions associated with the non-timber use.
- Whether forest growth, harvest and conversion information obtained through the BOF's regulatory and non-regulatory programs and other local, state and federal sources is sufficient and reliable to track changes in carbon stocks, including net emissions and reductions, across the state's forested landscape.
The BOF is requesting public and stakeholder input on the scope and analysis methodologies to help guide the BOF response to the Carbon Sink Act of 2010. At this meeting the project team will provide the public and stakeholders with the background and scope of the effort; will outline opportunities to provide feedback and; seek input on specific technical issues.
The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection requests public and stakeholder comment on the following technical questions:
- Which forest practice regulations affect carbon sequestration processes and trends?
- What forest carbon measurement and reporting frequency should be considered?
- What time duration for measuring the effect of forest practice regulations should be considered?
- What are the appropriate spatial scales needed to measure carbon sequestration trends?
- Which data sources can be used to quantify forest sector greenhouse gas emissions?
- Should forest growth models be used to understand effects of forest practice regulations on carbon sequestration? If so, which models should be considered?
- Which climate models are recommended?
- What other analytical methods and tools are recommended to assess the effects of forest practice regulations on carbon sequestration.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
9am – 12:00pm
Natural Resources Building
Auditorium (Ground Floor)
1416 Ninth Street
Webinar link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/323819858
The public and stakeholders are encouraged to comment on any item on the agenda in writing. Submit written comments to the project webpage at:
For further information about the project, please go to the following link: http://ucanr.edu/carbonsinkact
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals who, because of a disability, need special assistance to attend or participate in a State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Meeting, may request assistance at the Board Office, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1506-14, Sacramento, California or by calling (916) 653-8007. Requests should be made one week in advance whenever possible. These facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
Wood Utilization in Hawai'i: From Bioenergy to Buildings
July 14, 2014 and July 22, 2014
The Woody Biomass Utilization Group recently hosted two workshops in Hawai'i. The first was held in Hilo on July 14, 2014, and the second in Wailuku on July 22, 2014. These workshops focused on types of wood biomass products and wood utilization opportunities available to forest operations there. The presenters included specialists from UC Berkeley, the University of Hawaii, and USDA R5 State and Private Forestry.
- Fundamentals of Bioenergy – John Shelly, UC Berkeley
- Public Funding Opportunities – Larry Swan, USDA R5 State and Private Forestry
- Considerations for Successful Bioenergy Facilities – John Shelly, UC Berkeley
- Overview – Scott Turn, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii – Manoa
- Biomass Fuel Resources – Scott Turn, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii – Manoa
- Facilitated Discussion of Local Bioenergy Potential – Moderator: John Shelly, University of California, Berkeley
Wood Properties and Market Integration
- Higher Value Properties of Wood – John Shelly, UC Berkeley
- Challenges to Entering New Markets – John Shelly, UC Berkeley
On July 15, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.25 million in awards for nine wood energy projects nationwide through the 2014 Wood to Energy Grant Program (W2E). Two of the recipients are here in California and will receive total of $346,000. Projects funded under the 2014 W2E are:
- BVP Property, LLC for the Big Valley Lumber and Cogeneration Facility
- The Watershed Research and Training Center for a System Impact Study in the North Fork and Wilseyville CHP Projects. This System Impact Study will help with the interconnection development phase for two SB1122 projects.
Also in the news, 36 energy facilities in 14 states have been selected to as approved facilities for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The program provides payments to landowners producing forestry or agriculture used in energy production. Thirteen of these facilities are in California. Starting July 28, 2013, biomass supplied to these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance.
NOTE: This leaves a short window to apply for funding assistance before the deadline on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.
ALSO NOTE: Forest biomass is only eligible for payments under the BCAP program if it is sourced from land owned by the US Government (USDA, BLM, DOD, etc.).
For interested biomass producers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), will begin accepting applications between JULY 28 and AUGUST 25 for match funding on biomass fuel before SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.
See the list of approved facilities in California below:/table>/h2>/h2>
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The UC Woody Biomass Group will be hosting a webinar presentation on Tuesday, June 3 2014, by Dr. Ouafik El Kasmioui from the University of Antwerp. Dr. Kasmioui will cover status of district heating in Flanders, an assessment of the techno-economic feasibility of district heating projects, and introduce some regional case-studies.
About the Presenter
Dr. Ouafik Kasmioui is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. He is currently working on the techno-economic feasibility of decentralized biomass conversion technologies with regards to each step of the process chain from the biomass resource to consumer energy delivery. His research interests include biomass conversion and biomass supply from a technical, environmental (LCA) and economic viewpoint; and the impact of (renewable energy) policy measures. Dr Kasimioui has also worked on the economic feasibility of different biomass conversion technologies and the financial, energetic and ecological feasibility of short rotation woody crops for electricity and heat with data gained from an operational SRC plantation that was established within the framework of a larger EU-funded project (POPFULL, http://webh01.ua.ac.be/popfull/)./h2>/h2>/h2>
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The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI, http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org/) of the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee position starting July to August 2014. The candidate will work with Dr. Matthew D. Potts (www.pottsgroup.org), Dr. Scott Stephens, Dr. Bill Stewart, and Dr. Peter Tittmann on a newly funded project to analyze the viability of sustainable woody bioenergy systems in the forested regions of North America. The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed. The position offers a competitive salary plus benefits.
This research will identify common opportunities and risks for the development of sustainable bioenergy systems by utilizing an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach that integrates ecological, economic, and social aspects of forestry to compare and contrast the production economics, market conditions, climate change impacts, and environmental sustainability challenges.
Minimum/Basic Qualification Required:
Completion of all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation or equivalent in forestry, ecology and economics at the time of application.
- PhD or equivalent foreign degree required by start date.
- Strong analytical, computing and GIS skills
- Ability to produce high quality scientific results with limited direct guidance.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Successful applicants will have a strong background in existing economic and ecological theory, as well as systems-based modeling approaches to aid in the production of two outputs: (i) a synthetic assessment of sustainable bioenergy production from North American forests, (ii) case studies revealing regional differences in constraints and opportunities for forest-sourced bioenergy feedstocks.
Annual Salary Range:
$42,000 – $49,128 depending on experience.
How to Apply
To apply, please go to the following link: http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00409 Applicants should submit the following materials:
- A cover letter
- A curriculum vitae
- Statement of Research (One-page summary of research interests)
- 3 letters of reference. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
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