Montana State University

MSU Extension Forestry

NARA Open House January 2013

Dear NARA Stakeholders

You're invited to attend the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Open House in Missoula, from 4-7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to showcase the Biomass to Biofuels Project in the Western Montana Corridor (WMC). Hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar will be available.

The NARA management team and students from Washington State University and the University of Idaho will present work on resource assessment and pilot supply chain analysis. The resource assessment will cover the natural, physical, social, policy, and economic capitals in the WMC region. These capitals are used to identify potential biomass supply chain options in the region. Three regions, Missoula County, Lincoln County, and Flathead County were identified as potential centers for the collection and conversion of the biomass. Students will present a decision matrix comparing each pilot supply chain for the region.

This meeting will provide a great venue to give your feedback on the work done at the regional level in developing potential pathways to build a sustainable infrastructure for converting woody biomass (in particular softwood logging slash) to bio-jet fuel and lignin co-products.

We look forward to seeing you in Missoula. To help us manage the meeting efficiently and that we provide adequate food and beverages to all, we request that you register to attend the meeting.

REGISTER for NARA Open House - Missoula, MT, January 17, 4-7pm at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Rawlings by email or at 406-240-0300, or one of the NARA Outreach Team members (contact information can be found at

Click Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for directions to the venue. If you are looking for accommodation, the C'mon Inn is located conveniently next to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Ask for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation rate.