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Bioenergy from the forest: Can it be made sustainable?

Presentation provides preliminary answers to guide future policy

USDA Forest Service ‑ Southern Research Station

John Stanturf, project leader of the Center for Forest Disturbance Science in Athens, GA, will present "Bioenergy From The Forest: Can It Be Made Sustainable?" at the 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, as part of the Friday, February 16th session, "Renewable Energy from Biomass: Technology, Policy, and Sustainability." Stanturf will address three essential issues: Is there enough forest biomass available to make a difference and how would it be used? What are the likely consequences of an increased use of biomass for energy? Under what conditions could bioenergy from the forest be sustainable?


Renewable Energy from Biomass: Technology, Policy, and Sustainability
Friday, February 16, 2007
1:45 - 4:45 p.m. PST
Hilton San Francisco
Ballroom Level
Imperial Ballroom B

The biomass symposium was organized by Marcia Patton-Mallory, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Michael Pacheco, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado.

Symposium synopsis:

Renewable energy from biomass has the potential to significantly contribute to a more diverse and secure domestic energy portfolio for the United States. There are policy, economic, and technical barriers to achieving the potential of energy from forests and agricultural lands. However, with focused research and development and market incentives that reflect the multiple ecological and social benefits of energy from biomass, the goals of providing 25 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2025 or replacing 30 percent of imported oil by 2030 are attainable. Scientists from forestry, agriculture, and energy sectors will describe the state of the science, economics and policy and provide a challenge for broader cross-disciplinary engagement on this issue.


John Stanturf is Project Leader and Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, Southern Research Station Center for Forest Disturbance Science located in Athens, Georgia. He is Adjunct Professor of Forestry at Mississippi State and Auburn Universities. His varied research interests include restoration ecology of temperate and boreal forests, impacts of forest management on soil quality, intensive plantation management and diffusion of innovations in forestry. Stanturf is the U.S. representative to the International Poplar Commission and serves in several roles with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations including Interdivisional Coordinator, Forest Landscape Restoration and Research Group Leader for Temperate and Boreal Silviculture. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Forest Soils.

For more information: John Stanturf at 706-559-4316 or

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