Event Description

As a region with a large geographic distribution and long history of utilizing plentiful biomass resources, the West may consider itself the birth place of advanced biomass heating – utilizing biomass pellets and efficient stoves. Although covered with vast tracts of federal land and low comparative energy costs, the West has the potential to make biomass thermal energy competitive, by pursuing public policy that promotes biomass, especially in rural areas.

This Western-focused webinar is the second installment of a three-part mini-series highlighting biomass heating in different regions of the country. Attend the webinar and hear from three speakers as they discuss development of biomass heat in the West, including a current overview of the region’s biomass heating use, discussion on barriers and opportunities for market development, and examination of successful biomass policies.

This is the eleventh webinar in a 14-part series hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).

View this webinar and learn:

-- How the West can sustainably manage private and public forests for biomass heat
-- How wood heat can create jobs in the West
Ways to overcome technical and logistical challenges
-- Successful policies on the state-level and how they may be implemented regionally

Featured Speakers:

-- Chad Davis, Director Forest Stewardship Program, Sustainable Northwest
-- Marcus Kauffman, Biomass Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry
-- Angela Farr, Regional Biomass Utilization Coordinator for Regions 1 & 4, USDA Forest Service
-- Moderated by Joseph Seymour, BTEC Acting Executive Director

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