New Industry Coalition Formed To Promote Woody Biomass
The new Woody Biomass Coalition aims to provide advocacy, education, information, and outreach to public and private entities to promote research, development, and funding for sustainable woody biomass utilization and markets. An initial focus is developing strategies to ensure inclusion of woody biomass in the upcoming Farm Bill, such as eligibility for renewable energy tax incentives and inclusion in renewable energy research and deployment programs.
Authorization for farm program funding expires September 30, 2007, and the Administration’s 2007 Farm Bill proposal includes $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy programs. Among the new proposals is a $150 million wood-to-energy program and a plan to provide $100 million to cellulosic ethanol.
“The need to diversify our nation’s energy supply is an important issue, and the industry has come together in a coordinated effort to spotlight woody biomass in the policy discussions,” stated Daniel Dructor, Executive Vice President of the American Loggers Council (ALC), one of the coalition founders.
The goals of the Woody Biomass Coalition include reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, improving forest health, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Another goal is to create new markets for renewable fuels, including woody cellulosic ethanol, which will promote economic opportunities and growth, while providing a sustainable supply of woody biomass for all biomass/bioenergy products. Participants in the coalition include, among others: Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, American Forest Resources Council, ALC, Associated Oregon Loggers, Assoc. of Consulting Foresters, Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers, Blount Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Company, Forest Landowners Association, Hancock Forest Management, Intermountain Forestry Assoc., Montana Logging Assoc., National Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Woodland Owners Assoc., Society of American Foresters. For more information visit www. woodybiomass.net or contact Danny Dructor of the American Loggers Council at 409-625-0206.
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