U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Woody Biomass and Bioenergy
BLM manages approximately 65 million acres of forests and woodlands in Alaska and 14 Western States (FIA Report 2007). An estimated 16 million acres are in need of restoration. Woody biomass is a part of BLM's forest product line and is primarily comprised of restoration residues and smaller diameter material from forestry, fuels and rangeland treatments. Biomass utilization is expected to increase as an increasing number of renewable and bioenergy facilities come on-line.
When trying to reduce hazardous wildland fire fuels and utilize biomass as part of forest health and restoration treatments, the BLM lands are not unique. They share many of the same barriers, and offer the same opportunities as other federal, state and private lands. Most of the 16 million acres needing restoration are in rural areas, a long distance away from many existing woody biomass markets. Transportation costs to these markets can be quite high, and establishing new markets for woody biomass is often difficult. The BLM is actively working with partners in local communities to identify and promote opportunities.
Woody Biomass Utilization Desk Guides
There are two desk guides available.
The Woody Biomass Utilization Desk Guides have been developed to:
The Woody Biomass Utilization Desk Guides can be accessed here:
Interdepartmental Woody Biomass Utilization Working Group
The BLM is working jointly with the interdepartmental Woody Biomass Utilization Working Group (Woody BUG or WBUG). The current membership of the Working Group includes the Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Interior. Additional membership includes the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and others.
BLM Projects and Studies
BLM has various projects to increase use of biomass:
BLM and the Forest Service have jointly funded several biomass supply studies in the western states. The Coordinated Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) Studies were contracted with Mater Engineering of Corvallis, OR to look at levelizing the supply of small diameter material from all sources within circles drawn around utilization centers. Sites include:
General information on CROP Studies, and details on the CROP Study completed in Central Oregon (Bend / Prineville area) is available through these two links:
For more information on other CROP sites, please contact your state biomass lead. Additional information on biomass and bioenergy can be found on the interagency website, forestsandrangelands.gov