Biomass is “biologically–derived renewable material” such as plant residues used to produce energy.  California is also a leader in this emerging source of fuel.  The State's 2011 update to its “Bioenergy Action Plan” estimates that biopower could produce 2,000 to 5,000 megawatts of localized renewable energy capacity by 2020.

BLM lands hold tremendous potential for this use.  Currently, public lands produce 30,000 tons of biomass. Opportunities are being identified throughout the State to use this resource to produce energy.

Juniper is fed through a chipping machine.
Juniper is fed through a chipping machine.

Bioenergy power plants will receive biomass fuel generated from BLM juniper reduction projects.

Quick Facts

Western juniper initiative is underway

30,000 tons of biomass produced annually