Forests in California are at great risk of loss from wildfire and pest outbreak. While ecological restoration and fuels reduction projects have potential to reduce these issues, they also create large volumes of woody biomass material. This material is often piled and burnt despite its great potential for product manufacturing or renewable energy generation.
Utilizing woody biomass offers land managers an opportunity to dispose of material in a cost effective manner and reduce emissions while creating local economic development. The Woody Biomass Utilization Group at UC Berkeley raises awareness and provides technical assistance in the following areas:
Workshops - Offering workshops to introduce opportunities and challenges related to wood biomass utilization.
Grant Assistance - Providing current information on available grants for innovative projects in wood biomass utilization.
Working Groups - Join local working groups to learn about legislative efforts that impact the use of woody biomass.
Research - Developing new research about wood utilization and bioenergy technology.
Woody Biomass Resource Library - A compendium of published reports and papers on wood utilization topics and past research.
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