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Helene Cser
Dennis Hazel
Susan E. Moore

Project Background

The demand for renewable energy is creating pressure to produce energy from various sources of biomass, including wood. Increased harvesting of woody biomass for bioenergy and biofuels may have impacts on forest ecosystems, biodiversity, and agricultural land use. NC State University has been the lead partner, with University of Georgia and the Forest Guild, on a four-year research project designed to create a better understanding of how biomass harvesting for emerging renewable energy markets impacts ecosystem services provided by our southeastern forest lands ( Funding for this project has been provided by the USDA NRI/AFRI - Managed Ecosystems Program, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, the NCDA Bioenergy Initiative, and the Southeast Climate Science Center, with in kind support from Weyerhaeuser Corp, Georgia Pacific, and Plum Creek. The research is nearly complete and the outreach component of the project is in full swing.

Training Opportunities

Results from the research project was presented at training programs in 2014, along with information on policy approaches other states have taken. Training participants learned about various perspectives on the topic of woody biomass harvesting, including impacts on NC’s logging and other forest-based industries, economic opportunities, and an update on NC’s forest inventory status. Included was a field tour of a site where measurement and harvesting of woody biomass will discussed and assessed.

Registering to Attend

These workshops took place in 2014. You are welcome to review the information that was provided using the links below.

Links Training Session Archives

Date Location Details Credits
April 15, 2014 Stanford M. Adams Training Facility Archive 5.0 Cat. 1-CF
April 16, 2014 Cunningham Research Station Archive 5.0 Cat. 1-CF
August 27, 2014 Iredell County Extension Center Archive 5.0 Cat. 1-CF

Webinar Opportunities

A series of 6 webinars were also offered on focused topics around the theme of "Biomass Harvesting Sustainability." Each webinar was 1 hour in duration and featured presenters from a variety of land management organizations and educational institutions. The webinars were archived at the website
Click on the webinar title below for details.

Webinar Topics


2014 Dates

The status and potential future of
biomass harvesting guidelines

Zander Evans,
The Forest Guild

April 1, 2014

Opinions of foresters, loggers and landowners in NC regarding biomass harvesting guidelines

Nils Peterson,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

April 9, 2014

Biomass harvesting guideline implementation: challenges and opportunities, including inventory techniques

Dennis Hazel,
NC State University Forestry Extension

April 24, 2014

 Small mammal and amphibian response to biomass harvesting

Sarah Fritts,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

May 8, 2014

Effects of biomass harvesting on
birds and invertebrates

Steve Grodsky,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

June 4, 2014

Soil impacts of biomass harvesting

Larry Morris,
University of Georgia

July 8, 2014