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Fuel from the Forest: Land, Climate, and Energy Implications of Woody Biomass

January 21, 2011 | 8:30 – 5:00PM
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St., New Haven, CT)
Free and open to the public
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Interested in energy? Climate change? Forest and land management?

Next Friday, students from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will host a symposium on the use of woody biomass as a fuel source. Three expert panels will examine the practice from unique perspectives: forest management, renewable energy, and climate change.

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The biomass ‘debate’ is a hotly contested one within policy forums today. Through a combination of student-moderated panels with sector experts and a group discussion forum, the Fuel from the Forest symposium will explore the topic of woody biomass as an energy resource from three perspectives - land management & conservation, renewable energy, and climate change. The categories chosen aim to knit together the salient challenges and opportunities facing the energy, climate change, and land management communities at F&ES - interest groups who traditionally have little formal interaction. Through the day the moderated panels will aim to highlight points of overlap and opportunities presented by biomass to the land conservation, renewable energy, and climate change interest groups, and serve as a problem-orientation exercise applicable to many natural resource conflicts and solution generation.

The schedule and speakers:

8:30 - Registration & Coffee

9:00 - Introduction

9:10 - Plenary (an introduction to biomass and the issues) - Ben Larson, MF 2011

9:45 - Panel I: Biomass & Forest Management - Bob Perschel, Northeast Director, The Forest Guild, Travis Belote, Ecologist, The Wilderness Society - Northern Rockies, Robert Burke, Founder and President, Vermont Forestry Associates, Moderator: Alex Barrett, MF 2012

11:15 - Panel II: A Renewable Energy Solution? Ethan Davis, Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists, Chris Recchia, Executive Director, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Charlie Niebling, General Manager, New England Wood Pellet, Moderator: Grady O'Shaughnessy, MEM 2011

12:30 - Lunch

1:15 - Panel III: Biomass & Climate Change - Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund, John Gunn, Senior Program Leader, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, William Keeton, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Moderator: Shelby Semmes, MF 2011

2:45 - Closing Remarks

3:00 - Break-out (optional for those that want to discuss issues further with panelists)

4:00 - Reception

Questions? Email FES student event organizers Shelby Semmes, Grady O'Shaughnessy, Alex Barrett, Dave Parsons, Luc Bouffard, Tania Ellersick, or Ben Larson.