GLRPPR Sector Resource: Forest Sustainability in the Development of Wood Bioenergy in the U.S.
Forest Sustainability in the Development of Wood Bioenergy in the U.S.
Policy goals for renewable biofuels and bioenergy could be achieved, but U.S. policymakers must take steps to protect the sustainability of the nation's forests in the face of these increased demands, according to a joint report released today by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
Two major national priorities-- achieving greater energy security through increased domestic energy production and mitigating climate change --have converged to create rapidly expanding demands on U.S. forests for wood-based bioenergy. To protect our forests, careful consideration and forethought is needed, however, to ensure that the increases in wood harvesting do not lead to unintended consequences for biological diversity, water quality, and other forest ecosystem values.
The report, "Forest Sustainability in the Development of Wood Bioenergy in the U.S.," summarizes the results of a two-year study of the challenges and opportunities for sustainable wood bioenergy. The study included one national and four regional workshops involving more than 280 experts and stakeholders across the U.S. and Canada. [PDF, 52 p.]
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