Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass

Options for San Juans Forest Owners


Woody biomass in densely stocked San Juan forests may present an opportunity to support local energy needs. This workshop will discuss examples of community-based energy projects from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the cost-effective methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our houses, businesses, and communities.

Topics include:

  • Energy uses for woody biomass
  • Comparing woody biomass to conventional fuels
  • Different forms of woody biomass: firewood to pellets to chips
  • Community cooperative business models for woody biomass energy
  • Heating public facilities with woody biomass
  • Emissions and clean air concerns
  • Sustainable supply of woody biomass in the San Juans
  • Current energy market


  • Meagan Nuss | Wisewood Energy
    • Meagan has a background in forest collaboratives, industrial agroforestry, non-industrial private forest management, public lands, and the social sciences. Meagan holds a master’s degree in forest ecosystems and society from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
  • Kirk Hanson | Northwest Natural Resource Group
    • Kirk has worked on behalf of small woodland owners for more than 20 years – he has a Bachelor’s degree in sustainable resource management from Evergreen State College and worked for six years with the Washington DNR’s Small Forest Landowner Office before joining NNRG in 2006.

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12pm-3pm

WHERE: San Juan Island Grange

152 1st St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250


All woodland owners are encouraged to attend!

For more information, go to:

Funding and support for this workshop is provided by:

Risk Management Agency

Wisewood Energy


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