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Wood-To-Biofuels Webinar Series

Led by Washington State University and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is helping to develop a sustainable industry in the Pacific Northwest that uses wood residuals to make bio-jet fuel and valuable co-products. The alliance includes public universities, government agencies, private industry and interested stakeholders.

In this final year of the project, NARA will be producing 1,000 gallons of cellulosic-based bio-jet (IPK) from Northwest forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. Alaska Airlines will be flying a demonstration flight next year using NARA produced cellulosic-biofuel.

To disseminate findings of our research, NARA will be hosting a Wood-To-Biofuel Webinar series summarizing the research and results of converting slash to biofuel while recognizing and conducting sustainable analysis (triple bottom line).

We are commencing this webinar series in October that celebrates the National Bioenergy Day on October 21.


5th Annual Montana Forest Products Week, Oct. 18-25

Celebrate Montana Forest Products Week every year during the third week in October.

The Montana Legislature established this week in 2011 to honor our forest products industry - extending appreciation for:

- supplying locally made wood products
- stewardship of our private and public forests
- providing gainful employment
- maintaininig access to public and private forests

Get involved with 2015 events!


Annual Timber Tours

As part of the 5th Annual Montana Forest Products Week two Timber Tours are being offered:
- Flathead Timber Tour, Thursday October 22, 2015
- Missoula Area Timber Tour, Friday October 23, 2015


Imagine Tomorrow

Annual high school problem-solving competition, May 20–22, 2016

Washington State University, Pullman
Up to $70,000 in cash prizes!

Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.  


Facing the Future

Energize your classroom with Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use, a series of interdisciplinary lesson units that are aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's essential concepts for energy education.

Curricula are available as Lesson Plans (Elementary School, Middle School, High School), as well as SMART Board Lessons (High School).


Quick Notes


Montana Forestry Minute


Big Sky, Small Acres


National Bioenergy Day, Oct 21

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