Forest Guild releases woody biomass removal study

By Ron Kotrba
Web exclusive posted Oct. 29, 2008 at 2:49 a.m. CST

The Forest Guild, an organization of ecologically-minded foresters based in New Mexico, recently released a report titled "Synthesis of Knowledge from Woody Biomass Removal Case Studies," which covers lessons learned and strategies for success.

"The case studies described in this report show that all aspects of biomass removals from forests are evolving," the report conclusion stated. "Markets are expanding as new uses are perfected and new energy plants are built. Technology is adapting to the requirements of small-diameter material."

According to the report, some of the challenges facing sustainable removal of woody biomass from forests include lack of funding, the long distance between source and markets, and a deficiency in the science to document the sustainability of removals.

"The solutions for successful biomass removal are as varied as the forest types where projects occur or the objectives land managers seek to achieve," the conclusion stated.

The full report can be downloaded for free at