Exploring the Issues and Impacts for North Carolina
March 13-14 , 2006
J.S. McKimmon Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
About the Conference
“We must take a close look at all forest biomass and work to
determine its’ highest and best use. Woody biomass is very abundant,
and the portion we’re evaluating for energy production and other
uses is mostly waste wood from which there is no present market or
use. Our wasted forest biomass has the potential to drive the technology
of our future.” -
Director, NC Division of Forest Resources
“The potential use of woody biomass
for fuel has enormous economic and environmental significance for
North Carolina. Finding new biomass
markets for pulpwood and poor quality timber will allow silvicultural options
that currently do not exist for private woodland owners. Such markets
could only help the overall productivity and health of our state's 18
million acres of forests.” -
Stephen A. Whitfield,
Consulting Forester and NCWoodlands Executive
“…..Trees may be North
Carolina’s oil tank; every
calorie of energy generated by burning biomass rather than fossil
fuels leaves fossil carbon in the ground rather than adding it to our atmosphere.
(But) Biomass must be examined carefully….” These
remarks by Dr. William Schlesinger, Dean , Nicholas School of the
Environment, Duke University published November 7, 2005 in The
Raleigh News and Observer speak of both the optimism
and the concerns associated with the potential for using woody
biomass (including standing timber) to help meet the state’s
future energy needs.
This Conference Will:
- Present much of the known information
about potential impacts and opportunities on North Carolina’s
forests from a wood biomass economy.
- Offer an opportunity for
diverse stakeholders to explore issues surrounding woody biomass;
- Prepare stakeholders for the future
policy discussions surrounding the use of woody biomass for energy.
Who Should Attend?
The conference will be useful for policy
makers, regulatory agency staff, industry (energy, foresters, forest
landowners, manufacturing), scientists, environmental interests,
and local or regional biomass energy users.
- Review of the current
opportunities and issues related to incorporating woody biomass
in North Carolina’s
pending Renewable Portfolio Standard.
from successful users and efforts underway across the nation
to deploy woody biomass energy or technologies.
- Explore the potential
impacts (favorable or not) of increasing the use of woody biomass
for energy in North Carolina and across the southern region.
the net effects on conventional air pollutants and greenhouse
gas emissions from increased use of wood-based fuels.
- Explore the
potential for increased carbon dioxide sequestration by forests
in North Carolina.
- Foster communication among potential
users of biomass-energy and stakeholders of renewable energy in
Location and Lodging
All conference sessions will be held at the J.S. McKimmon Center located
on the North Carolina State University campus. Monday evening a
social with displays
will be held at the NC Solar House, located next to the McKimmon
Center. Lodging is not included in the registration
fee, however, rooms
have been blocked at the Holiday Inn - Brownstone near NCSU. To make
a reservation, call 919-828-0811 before March 6, and mention that you
are with the group "Energy Conference". Directions to the McKimmon
Day 1 will offer 5.5 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education
credits (CFEs) from the Society of American Foresters and 7.0 Professional
Development Hours (PDHs) from the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers
and Surveyors. Day 2 will offer 3.5 Category 1 CFEs and 3.5 PDHs.
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