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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

087 Forest Products and Woody Biomass Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Berkeley - Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage

Entire State of California


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As a UCANR Advisor in forest products I recognize that this position addresses a critical gap in UC Cooperative Extension expertise. A strong demand exists in California for reliable, science-based information on the sustainable use of forest products and a thorough understanding of the value of a healthy forest products industry in socially –and globally—important issues related to bioenergy, climate change, forest wildfire, and jobs. A CE Specialist in this area will have numerous research opportunities encompassing life-cycle assessments, bioenergy/biofuel technology, carbon-cycles, product development, and economic evaluations. The person in this position will also have many leadership opportunities in helping build and maintain healthy communities, natural ecosystems, and secure energy supplies, and the position will be a strategic link with many University of California faculty in fields of engineering, forestry, plant biology, geology, environmental sciences, and economics around the central issue of bioenergy. I support and encourage UCANR to approve this Specialist position.
Posted May 30, 2014 10:22 AM by John Shelly
I'm a wood supply lobbyist for partly dependent mills and powerplants that need wood from Federal lands. We have a diverse membership of forest landowners, powerplant owners and fuel managers, and mill owners. Wood supply, feedstock, emissions requirements, life-cycle carbon analysis, black carbon, California diesel engine emission rules, . . . are all part of my areas of responisibility and expertise. I can't do it all. It would be nice to have a full-time person in Coop Extension to work on these areas and thereby compliment and relieve some of the burden on Bill Stewart.

This position would provide the ability for coop extension to have dedicated staff with the expertise to provide:
Research needed particularly in life-cycle carbon accounting, renewable energy credits, biofuel technology and implementation
Training for Federal and State Grant Programs, such as the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, to wood-fired powerplants and fuel suppliers
A collegual relationship with the Air Resources Board research staff to address wildfire emissions accounting, black carbon, open field and pile burning emissions, powerplant stack emissions, etc.
A "go-to" person for powerplant owners, fuel suppliers, and assocations such as California Forestry Association for latest information regarding emission requirements,emission control technology, . . .

Posted Jun 8, 2014 9:24 AM by Steve Brink - Vice President, Public Resources; California Forestry Association
We concur with the proposal to fund this position. I am the procuremet forester for our family operated sawmill in the southern Sierra.
From a forestry perspective the promotion of the sustainable use of forest products,economic values and community stability are messages that could have an additional voice through this position. It is no secret that many timber stands in California are in dire need of thinning. Besides lumber, the industry struggles to use the remaining biomass in an economical manner. We see this position as an important component of the on going research to develope new processes and products. Finally I see this position as very important to work across all land ownerships, the timber idustry, County, State and Federal agencies.
Posted Jun 9, 2014 2:29 PM by Larry Duysen
Dear University of California,

The position of Advisor Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass has helped to attain a proven record of tangible results. UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis have garnered deserved reputations for expert knowledge in this field. As representatives from academia, credibility is brought to the work effort for unbiased assessment of relevant underpinnings. Applied research is needed in diverse areas, including how to optimize under-utilized wood resources, feedstock supply economics, undeveloped markets for forestry management byproducts, as well as how to dovetail these disparate issues in order to achieve the Governor's Executive Order for 20% of Renewable Portfolio Standard to be from biomass. Application of these disparate topics to woody biomass waste requires a sound base in forestry practices, which UCANR staff and advisor demonstrate. Therefore, this role should continue in its efforts to design sustainable, community-based, optimized, wood waste utilization systems.
Posted Jun 16, 2014 1:39 PM by Tedi Domowicz Duree, Southern California Edison, Integrated Planning
I am the Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region (California) of the USDA Forest Service. The Region manages over 20 million acres of National Forest system lands and assists state and private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.

Based on past experience with Dr. John Shelly, current UC Berkeley wood products and biomass extension professor, we foresee substantial benefit from the knowledge and activities of a UC Berkeley Forest Products/Woody Biomass Extension Specialist position. In the past, this has included leading and delivering targeted assistance and science-based programs to literally thousands of individuals and hundreds of businesses or organizations over the last 15 years. Moreover, Dr. Shelly, and the other UC extension specialists who work with him, have gained the trust and respect of many competing interest groups in California, and serve as a bridge between various groups to improve communication and understanding of complex utilization and bioenergy issues.

We face many challenges in order to increase pace and scale of forest restoration on 6-9 million acres of forest land annually in California, and there is no other academic or extension resource with the same critical knowledge and skill set as the proposed position. We look forward to working with a future Extension Specialist to complement the knowledge and skills of Forest Service specialists as we continue to serve our communities and forests.
Posted Jul 2, 2014 9:14 AM by Randy Moore
My name is Sherry Hazelhurst and I am the Director, State & Private Forestry, for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service (California). My staff works directly with the UC Berkeley Wood Utilization and Biomass Program. We strongly value our current partnership led by Dr. John Shelley and foresee a similar relationship with the proposed faculty extension position. Every day we see the positive impacts of our partnership as we work together to with other agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations. For example, over the last 10 years we have collaborated to host over 20 workshops and presentations that reached thousands of individuals, and provided technical assistance for businesses and investors that created over 250 jobs in wood products and bioenergy sectors.
The proposed position appears to be an opportunity to continue and expand the role that Dr. Shelly has created over the last 20 years. Dr. Shelly and his staff currently serve as the primary public point of contact in California for wood products, biomass utilization, and biomass energy-related technical assistance and outreach. There is no other position like this in the state, and the need and our support for this position is indicated by our $2.5 million investment over the past 10 years. Additionally, future US Forest Service and CALFIRE financial commitments are anticipated to obtain UC Berkeley assistance with wood products and biomass life cycle analyses, wood energy development, research, outreach, and technical support for statewide biomass and wood energy groups. Therefore, we strongly support this proposed position as we continue our important partnership.
Posted Jul 2, 2014 1:41 PM by Sherry Hazelhurst, Director, State & Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Dear University of California,

The role of Advisor Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass has in the past and should continue into the future to play a critical role in the health and preservation of our forests. Both UC Berkeley and UC Davis are recognized for their academic contributions as well as their collaborative role in engaging multiple stakeholders towards solution based action in many elements of forest health. The Advisor Specialist is essential to these efforts as we seek to tackle the numerous significant environmental and economic challenges affecting these important forest resources.

As a leader in the purchase of renewable energy, including being the largest purchaser of bioenergy in California, PG&E appreciates the contributions this role has made to the industry and looks forward to collaborating with a new Advisor Specialist going forward.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 1:13 PM by David Lewis
I am the Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management at the California Natural Resources Agency. I want to express strong support for this position because it will provide critical skills and information that are needed for a number of state initiatives to address issues climate change, biomass energy, and forest sustainability. These skills and information are not currently adequately available in the state agencies.

Our specific areas of need for the proposed position are as follows. The Natural Resources Agency and the Air Resources Board are moving forward to address new responsibilities established in the First Update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan. These responsibilities include development of a forest carbon plan, preparation of an environmental economics study to evaluate actions and policies considered in the forest carbon plan, enhancement of data and methods for the forest greenhouse gas inventory, and development of a carbon life cycle analysis for wood products. Technical assistance is needed from the proposed position to support the implementation of Senate Bill 1122 (Rubio, 2012), which requires that the state’s large investor-owned utilities procure 50 MW of bioenergy produced using byproducts of sustainable forest management. Assembly Bill 1492 (Committee on Budget, 2012) has presented the Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency with the requirement of developing ecological performance measures for managed timberlands in the state. The proposed positon’s responsibilities for methods of environmentally acceptable utilization of forest resources can help to support us in the very challenging work to develop and implement these ecological performance measures.

To conclude, there are many important state initiatives underway and responsibilities to be met that require exactly the kinds of skills and information that the ANR CE Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass will provide. Thus, I very strongly support the establishment and expeditious filling of this position.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 10:38 AM by Russell Henly, Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management, California Natural Resources Agency
This position is a high priority for the industries and individuals that I work with as Forest Advisor in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. I am not a biomass or forest products expert and have relied on the talents and skills of both John Shelly, Steve Quarles (retired) and their staff for the last decade. They have served a niche that is widely regarded and respected throughout the north coast and California.

Maintaining an in-house expert to address the growing policy interest in bioenergy and carbon management is critically important. These fields are rapidly changing and UC has provided an essential independent objective resource on these topics. I frequently receive calls from forest landowners and agencies struggling to interpret the greenhouse gas emission standards or who have interest in industry development and need assistance from UC. For example in the last several weeks John Shelly and I have been working with an out-of-state mill developer who is interested in building a new flooring plant in Humboldt County. John Shelly’s expertise has been invaluable.

With a 30 million acres of forest land in California this position will have a large geographic impact.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:22 AM by Yana Valachovic
UC Extension and the College of Natural Resources play a critical role in meeting key objectives of the University of California and provides significant value to California's natural resource managers and landowners. The UCANR Specialist Forest Products position is an important part of UC Extension and CNR, especially considering that forestland makes up over 1/3 of California's landmass. Critical issues such as climate change, bioenergy technology deployment, improved forest products utilization and community outreach require that the best science be condensed and delivered. This technology transfer is best delivered utilizing the UCANR Specialist position.

Dr. Shelly has served this role at UCANR for over two decades. In order to continue the exemplary work that he has initiated it will be critical that the Specialist position be established and filled soon. I support and encourage UCANR to approve this Specialist position.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 5:21 PM by Tad Mason, CEO, TSS Consultants

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