- Author: Ricky Satomi
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.
- Author: Ricky Satomi
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
- Author: Rick Satomi
We've recently updated some of the most popular pages on the UC Woody Biomass Utilization Website, adding new features to improve access and dissemination of new information in a timely manner.
The new Power Plant map may look the same, but it is now a live interpretation of the most current data we have available, bringing a whole new meaning to "you'll know as soon as we know".
The data is also available in a variety of formats at the bottom of the page. Raw data can now be accessed:
The Past Workshop Information page has been updated to give a more consistent feel and facilitate navigation. You can now sort through all of our past workshops by name, location, or presentation date.
We have also added a new mailing list subscription option on the navigation sidebar. If you are not already on our list, Sign up Today to receive information about upcoming workshops, new research pertaining to biomass, and lots more.
What do you think about the new look? Anything else you'd like to see? Please Contact us or comment on the blog if you have any comments./table>/h2>/h2>/table>/h2>/h2>/h2>/table>/h2>/h2>
- Author: Peter Tittmann
Join us Thursday, November 7th at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center or virtually via live webinar for the last of our fall 3e Community-scale Wood Bioenergy workshop series. In this workshop, we bring together experts in woody biomass utilization and bioenergy issues from California universities, state agencies, community organizations, and private enterprise to discuss topics ranging from planning and siting to operating and monitoring community-scale bioenergy facilities.
Recent wildfire activity throughout California has made evident the pressing need to re-create the diminished legacy of California's fire tolerant forest landscape. Critical to this goal is the development of markets for low-value residues from forest management. With several recent policy initiatives coming to fruition in California (Senate Bill 1122, Assembly Bill 32), meaningful incentives for forest-based bioenergy may soon be available to help meet California's demand for stable, renewable electricity and heat. The 3e workshop brings together a diverse panel of experts, organizers, agencies, and land managers to:
- Address near term opportunities for development of bioenergy capacity in the region
- Increase practical understanding of critical environmental, engineering, and economic (3e) considerations
- Provide a forum for stakeholders to identify issues, forge partnerships and articulate a vision for the role of wood bioenergy in forest restoration and management at the regional scale.
Registration for the workshop is just $25 ($10 for students) and lunch is provided. However, space is limited and on-site attendance is only available on a first come, first serve basis so please register for this workshop ASAP. Presentations will start at 9am and run till 5pm in Room 203 of the HSU Aquatic Center. For those of you still interested but unable to join us in Eureka, we will also be hosting the workshop online and live via webinar. You can tune-in with your browser to https://uc-d.adobeconnect.
Where: Aquatic Center, Humboldt State University (Map), 921 Waterfront Drive Eureka, CA 95501
or: Join via the web at https://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/woodbio/. Registration is free for those attending via webinar. If you plan to join online, please register so we can anticipate our bandwidth requirements.
When: November 7th, 9 am to 5 pm
Who: UC Berkeley, UC Cooperative Extension, Hayfork Watershed Research and Training Center, Schatz Energy Research Center, Environmental Protection Information Center, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Six River NF, Green Diamond Resource Company, Headwaters Fund, Redwood Capital Bank, Continental Resources, North Coast AQMD, and YOU.
- Author: Gareth J Mayhead
The Redwood Region Logging Conference was held from March 17-19 2011 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka. The event was well attended despite the wet and cold weather.
Forestry and construction equipment greets visitors to the 73rd annual RRLC
Gareth Mayhead from the University of California Woody Biomass Utilization Group gave a class on Woody Biomass Utilization Opportunities on Friday morning. We looked at the broad policy landscape, trends in California and grant opportunities including the FSA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and the Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization Grant. A pdf of the presentation is at the bottom of this post.