Video series explains biomass sustainability guidelines

By Luke Geiver | May 18, 2012

A recently released online video series on biomass harvest and retention issues provides perspective on how woody biomass can be used for energy while maintaining forest habitat, soils and water.

The use of forest biomass will be essential, one of the videos explains, for meeting renewable energy targets in the U.S. Provided by The Forest Guild and others, the video series offers commentary on forest management, conservation, policy and the growing demand of biomass for energy production.

The videos are featured on a new website funded in part by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to Alexander Evans, research director for The Forest Guild. In addition to the video series, the site also contains information produced by The Forest Guild regarding sustainable forestry practices and technical guidelines of harvesting practices intended for use by landowners, foresters, loggers, policymakers, conservationists, energy producers and others, for nearly every forest type and region in the country. The new website contains information for the Southeast U.S. and the Northeast, as well as The Forest Guild’s own scientific review to support the biomass harvesting and retention guidelines produced for each region.