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MSU Extension Forestry
e-Newsletter

SEPTEMBER

2014

MSUX

Reports & Resources

NEW: MSU Extension Forestry e-Newsletter

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Good Things come in T(h)rees

Currently, several Montana educational institutions and networking organizations are actively participating in three of the largest USDA funded grants to conduct innovative biomass research:
NARA, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance takes a holistic approach to building a supply chain based on using forest residuals to make aviation biofuel. BANR, the Bioenergy Alliance of the Rockies, studies the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. And most recently W2W, the Waste to Wisdom project, will build on existing research on the conversion of forest residues into renewable fuel and other valuable bio-based products.

 

Montana Wood Energy Team receives $250,000 Grant

The USDA has announced an award of $250,000 to the Montana Wood Energy Team to stimulate development of wood energy projects in the state. The Montana Wood Energy Team is led by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and includes members from state and federal agencies, Montana State University, the University of Montana, and renewable energy specialists. [Press Release]

 

ForWarn - A Forest Change Recognition and Tracking System

ForWarn is a satellite-based forest disturbance monitoring system for the conterminous United States. It delivers new forest change products every eight days and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects, disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual weather. Archived data provide disturbance tracking across all lands since 2000. Interactive maps are accessible via the Forest Change Assessment Viewer.

 

E3A Wood Heat Folder released online

The E3A Wood Heat factsheets are now available online.

E3A: Exploring Energy Efficiency & Alternatives is your extension curriculum for non-biased, research-based information on energy efficiency and small renewable energy technologies for home, farm, and ranch.

 

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