Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass


Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

5:30pm – 8:00pm


San Juan Island Grange

152 1st St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Energy independence and forest health can go hand-in-hand.

Wildfire risk across San Juan County is at an all-time high – largely due to increasingly overstocked forests. Thinning excess woody biomass from densely stocked forests can reduce wildfire risk while presenting an opportunity for local, sustainable energy production.

Local and regional experts will highlight examples of community-based biomass energy projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and share how this emerging technology presents an affordable and green option for meeting our energy needs. Learn about the wide range of methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our homes, businesses and communities.



  • The state of wildfire risk in the San Juans
  • 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 is the project development manager with Wisewood Energy where she leads projects through the initial stages of design and wood fuel supplies. She has a background in forest collaboratives, industrial agroforestry, non-industrial private forest management, public lands, and the social sciences.

Ryan Palmateer | San Juan Islands Conservation District

Ryan is the energy program manager for San Juan Islands Conservation District. Having done work for green building organizations like Passive House Northwest and The Eco Builders Guild, Ryan believes that curbing the demand for energy is just as important as building more renewable energy sources.


This workshop is organized in partnership with: 

Wisewood Energy

San Juan Islands Conservation District

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to funding from:

USDA Risk Management Agency

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