Using woody biomass for energy has positive impacts on forest health, when the right policy framework is in place. It is important for educated stakeholders to work together to create sound policies for sustainable forest management using woody biomass for energy.
By the end of this webinar, participants will:
• Know how much woody biomass could be sustainably harvested from Maryland forested lands and existing urban tree maintenance- and for how long; and how experts arrive at these projections
• Understand how enabling markets for low value wood to be used for biomass energy can improve forest health, create jobs, and keep forests working to sequester carbon
• Identify potential opportunities for local job development, wage creation, tax revenue, and business retention from deploying woody biomass energy solutions in Maryland
• Understand how policy, regulatory, and economic frameworks can prevent unsustainable harvest and negative impacts on wildlife habitat and water quality
Wade Haerle - Agriculture and Energy Program Manager, MD Dept. of Commerce
Brian Kittler - Senior Director of Forest Restoration, American Forests
Kelly Schulz - Secretary, MD Dept. of Commerce
Dr. David Wear - Nonresident Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Session Moderator: Donnelle Keech Resilient Forests Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
This program is offered in association with the Spurring Fossil Free- Biomass initiative, brought to you by the Maryland Forestry Foundation and Maryland Clean Energy Center in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Sustainable Forestry Council, with funding from the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund.