University of Vermont

Woody Biomass Energy Research Symposium for the Northern Forest


Below are the presentations given at the Symposium.
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Thursday April 28, 2011

Session 1: Setting Stage Plenary

Keynote Address: Looking Back and Moving Forward: Where We've Come Over the Last 25 Years
    William Keeton, The University of Vermont
Keynote Address: How Long is Too Long? The Politics of Wood Energy GHG Accounting
    Dennis Becker, The University of Minnesota
Energy Perspective from the U.S. Department of Energy Biopower Technical Strategy Workshop

    Mark Downing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Session 2: Woody Supply Plenary

Factors Affecting Increases in Biomass Production from Maine Forests
    Robert G. Wagner, The University of Maine
Social versus Biophysical Availability of Wood
    Brett J. Butler, USDA Forest Service
Wood Supply from Forests in the Northeast and its Allocation to Energy Markets

    Thomas Buchholz, Universityof Vermont
Woody Biomass Feedstock Supply Potential in NY State
    T.A. Volk, SUNY ESF

Session 3A: Sustainability Standards

Downed Dead Wood: Assessment Tools for a Key Indicator
    Mark J. Ducey, The University of New Hampshire
Developing Certification Standards and Indicators for Socially Sustainable Biofuels: Challenges and Opportunities
    Theresa Selfa, SUNY ESF
Ensuring Sustainability in Ontario’s Forests: An Examination of the Efficacy of Current Standards for Forest Bioenergy Production
    Brenna Lattimore, The University of Toranto

Session 3B: Community Roadmap to Renewable Woody Biomass (Panel) 

Panel Organizer: Sarah S. Smith, UNH Cooperatve Extension

Session 4A: Life Cycle Analysis

Energy Return on Energy Invested of a Small-Scale Wood Fuel Harvest in Woodstock, Vermont
    Eric Garza, The University of Vermont
Assessing the environmental performance of ethanol, acetic acid, and OSB panels co-produced in a forest biorefinery
    Jeffrey Earles, The University of Maine

Session 4B: Human Health and Air Quality

Residential Wood Boiler Efficiency and Emissions Performance – Air Quality and Health Effects Implications
    Ellen Burkhard, NYSERDA
Emission Measurements from Three High Efficiency Wood Boilers
    Sriraam Ramanathan Chandrasekaran, Clarkson University
Wood Combustion – Air Quality Issues and Analysis
    Lisa Rector, NESCAUM

Session 5A: Scientific Impact Assessment of Harvesting Practices in the Northern Forest for Energy Biomass (Panel)

Panel Organizer: Thomas Buchholz, The University of Vermont

Session 5B: Soil Dynamics

Acidic Deposition-Induced Calcium Depletion Disrupts the Physiology of Trees, Predisposing Them to Reduced Growth and Decline
    Paul G. Schaberg, The University of Vermont
Carbon Loss in Mineral Soil Horizons: The Effects of 120 Years of Forest Harvesting in New England
    Rachel A. Neurath, Dartmouth College
Monitoring Plots to Detect Change in Soil Carbon Pools in Vermont’s Managed Forests
    Donald S. Ross, The University of Vermont
Comparing the Soil CO2 Flux in Short Rotation Willow Crop (Salix dasyclados) Stand as Affected by Tear Out and Continues Production Treatments
    Renato S. Pacaldo, SUNY ESF

Friday April 29, 2011

Session 6A: Evolving Understanding of GHG Emissions

Toward a Global Woody Biomass Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting Framework: Lessons from the Massachusetts Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy Study
    John Gunn, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Forest Bioenergy or Forest Carbon? Assessing Trade-Offs in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
    Jon McKechnie, The University of Toronto
Policy Mechanisms to Address GHG Emissions of Wood Biomass Energy
    Dennis Becker, The University of The University of Minnesota

Session 6B: Biomass Conversion

Integration of Biofuel Production with Pulp Mill Operations: Forest Biorefinery Models
    G. Peter van Walsum, The University of Maine
Performance Measurements Using ASHRAE Standard 155p
    Sriraam Ramanathan Chandrasekaran, Clarkson University
Design and feasibility analysis of biothermal energy and compost generation from forest and agricultural feedstocks
    Samuel Gorton, The University of Vermont and W. Jason McCune-Sanders, The University of Vermont

Session 6C: Logging Contractors and Innovations in Operations

Operational Assessment of Logging Residue Bundles as a Bioenergy Feedstock in Maine
    Jeffrey G. Benjamin, The University of Maine
The Impact of Innovation in the Logging Industry on Biomass Supply
    Ian Stone, The University of Maine
Logger perspectives on supplying Vermont’s wood energy: Insights from a community-based biomass project
    Matthew Peters, The University of Vermont

Session 7A: Harvest Impact and Field Models

No Free Lunch: The Ecological Impacts of Woody Biomass Harvest
    Michael Rentz, The University of Minnesota 
Large variation in stand-scale sustainability of forest biomass harvesting in central New Hampshire
    Matthew A. Vadeboncoeur, the University of New Hampshire
Simulated forest biofuel harvest decreases soil carbon and nitrogen pools
    Jeffrey D. Corbin, Union College

Session 7B: Regional Perspectives

How to Cure Maine’s Addiction to Heating Oil: A Roadmap to Avoiding Economic Disaster in Maine and the Other Regional States
    William Strauss, Futuremetrics
Getting the Eastern US Up and Operating on the National Interactive CROP Website
    Catherine M. Mater, Mater Ltd. and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Land, Climate, and Energy Implications of Woody Biomass: A Synthesis of the Fuel from the Forest Symposium – Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
    Shelby L. Semmes, Yale University

Session 7C: Assessing Social Impacts and Values

Application of a Sustainability Assessment for (Bio)electricity Options: Multi-Criteria Analysis in a Traditional Value System Framework for an Iroquois Nation
    Thomas Buchholz, The University of Vermont
Merging Knowledge to Action Theory with Woody Bioenergy Research Development Processes
    Hollie Smith, The University of Maine
The Community Roadmap to Renewable Woody Biomass Energy: A Case Study of a Decision-Making Tool for Alternative Energy Futures
    Thomas K. Evans, Plymouth State University 

Session 8A: Current and Future Biomass Harvesting Guidelines in the Northern Forest States (Panel)

Panel Organizer: Bob Perschel, The Forest Guild

Session 8B: Willow as a Source of Biomass Energy

Effects of Planting Density on Growth, Mortality, and Yield of Short Rotation Willow Crops (Salix spp.)
    Jesse Caputo, SUNY ESF
Seasonal Dynamics of Nutrient Supply and Uptake in an Organic and Inorganic Fertilized Short Rotation Willow Coppice System
    Amos K. Quaye, SUNY ESF
Above- and Below-ground Biomass and Soil Organic Carbon Inventories of Willow Biomass Crops Across a 19 year Chronosequence
    Renato S. Pacaldo, SUNY ESF

Session 8C: Decision Support Tools

Supporting Community Decision-Making
    Leanne Elliott, Canadian Model Forest Network
Greenhouse Gas Assessment Tool for Community Biomass Projects
    Ann Ingerson, The Wilderness Society
Mini Biomass Districts Feasibility Study
    Jack Byrne, Middlebury College
Technical Support for Schools & Institutional Scale Facilities
    Roger Wallace, Addison Biomass Energy

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