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Woody Biomass Demonstration Harvests

BURN-UP DEMONSTRATION HARVESTS - September 2009 

Two woody biomass demonstration harvest workshops will be conducted in September in the Western and Eastern Upper Peninsula. The purpose of these workshops is to inform loggers, foresters, and landowners about the operational aspects of harvesting woody biomass and the ecological constraints that should be applied. In addition to classroom presentations and a field demonstration of biomass harvesting equipment, the workshop will feature:

Review/discussion of biomass harvesting & transporting equipment options

Review/discussion of biomass harvesting guidelines

Inspection of the harvest site(s)

Demonstration of harvesting equipment

Summary of harvest planning considerations by the land manager

Speakers will be from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Technological University, Forest Land Group, J.M. Longyear, John Deere, and Xcel Corporation.

 

Who should come?

The primary target audience is loggers and natural resource professionals. Continuing education credits may be available for SAF and SFI members.

 

Workshop locations:

Eastern Upper Peninsula, Seney Twp Hall, September 15th, detailed directions will be provided upon registration

 

Western Upper Peninsula, Ford Center of Alberta, September 16th, detailed directions will be provided upon registration

 

Registration:

This workshop is free of charge and includes lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call Renee Leow at:

(906)226-2461 ext 129 or email renee.leow@mi.nacdnet.net to register.

 

 

 

BURN-UP DEMONSTRATION HARVESTS - September 2008 

Two woody biomass harvesting demonstration workshops were conducted in the UP during September 2008. The purpose of these workshops was to inform loggers, foresters, and landowners about the operational aspects of harvesting woody biomass and the ecological constraints that should be applied. The first portion of the workshop was conducted at the harvest site and included an inspection of the harvest site, a summary of harvest planning considerations by the land manager, and an equipment demonstration. Following lunch, the participants heard the following presentations:

  • Benefits of Using the Soil Survey (Dwight Jerome, NRCS)
  • Biomass Harvesting Based on Soil Map Units (Chris Burnett, Big Creek Forestry)
  • Michigan's Biomass Harvesting Guidelines (Cara Boucher, MDNR)
  • USFS Woody Biomass Harvesting (Bill Gimler, USFS)
  • Using the BURN-UP Website: Biomass Exchange & Other Resources (Chris Burnett, Big Creek Forestry)
  • Forest Restoration through Biomass Utilization (Jim Schmierer, MTU)

The workshops ended with a Logger Roundtable Panel Discussion which gave participants the chance to discuss biomass harvesting equipment options, handling and transport, supply chain-cost, labor, efficiency and markets. More than 40 people attended each workshop.

 

Two additional woody biomass harvesting demonstration workshops will be conducted during summer 2009. Details will be posted on this website when dates and locations have been finalized.

 

OTHER DEMONSTRATION HARVESTS

Community Forestry Resource Center Woody Biomass Project - The Community Forestry Resource Center coordinated a USDA-funded study of biomass harvesting in the Superior National Forest of northern Minnesota.  Project partners conducted 12 test biomass harvests comprising approximately 180 acres on sites in high-priority fuels treatment areas identified in Wildfire Protection Plans within designated wildland urban interface areas.  All sites had little potential for commercial timber harvest, due to low or no merchantable volumes. Three common forest conditions were test-harvested utilizing several different combinations of equipment and technique.  The final report, Harvesting Fuel: Cutting Costs and Reducing Forest Fire Hazards Through Biomass Harvest is due early in 2008.

 

This page last updated on 8/31/2009.
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