Category: Ecological Research
Title: Fact Sheet: The Impacts of the Woody Biomass Utilization Program in Eastern Arizona
Author: Lucas, A.M., Kim, Y.S., Davis,E.J., Moseley, C.
Abstract: Utilizing woody biomass — small-diameter material and low-valued trees removed from forest restoration activ-ities — on public lands may help reduce agency costs, enhance community wildfire protection, and create em-ployment and economic activity. Yet small businesses adjacent to public land often lack the capacity to harvest and utilize biomass. Businesses face challenges such as limited access to capital and markets, technical assis-tance, and inconsistent material supply. From 2005–2010, the USDA Forest Service’s Woody Biomass Utiliza-tion Grant (Woody BUG) program provided resources to address these barriers. We evaluated and compared the impacts of this program in eastern Oregon and in eastern Arizona. Here we summarize the findings from eastern Arizona.
Type: Fact Sheet
Source: ERI - Fact Sheet
Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute