Mendocino County
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Mendocino County

Biomass Feasibility in Mendocino County


Addressing Community Concerns about the Ecological Impact of Biomass Removal from Forestland

Ecological Assessment of Biomass Thinning in Coastal Forests

Phase I- A Literature Review

Phase II- Pre and post-harvest stand assessment of woody biomass harvesting

Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group

"Biomass is one of the few renewable resources that actually
create problems when it is not used
Phil Giles, North Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council

One of Mendocino County's most valuable resources are its forests and the capacity to grow good timber. For our community to prosper, it makes economic sense to utilize this resource in a sustainable way. Woody biomass is a low value by-product of timber harvesting, bottom up thinning and other similar processes. Biomass is one of the few renewable resources that actually create problems when it is not used. Over population of small diameter trees negatively impact forest health and create fuel that feeds catastrophic forest fires. At the same time biomass is a carbon nuetral, renewable resource that can potentially help replace dependence on fossil fuels for energy needs and promote economic stability in the region providing well-paid jobs and increasing the local tax base. Mendocino County has abundant biomass resources (see links below). These resources give our area a unique opportunity to both restore our forests and strengthen our economy in a way that promotes community health.

The Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group is examining how utilizing woody biomass leads to healthier forest, living wage jobs, reducing the risk of catastrophic fires while maintaining our visual landscape, preserving our air quality and regenerating our forests. The group is currently applying for grants to conduct a feasibility study that will look at several locations throughout Mendocino County and examine woody biomass availability, environmental and community characteristics of each location in order to determine the environmental, economic and social compatibility for a woody biomass facility. This information will be used as an educational tool to build community support for one or more biomass facilities in the region. The goal is that our feasibility study will encourage investment into woody biomass infrasture in a way that is consistent with community values.

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