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Regional Symposium: Opportunities for Underutilized Wood – Energy and Products

April 30 - May 1

Hosted By Penn State Extension, West Virginia University Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Appalachian Hardwood Center, Kentucky State Wood Energy Team, Maryland State Wood Energy Team, Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team, USDA Forest Service

When: April 30 – May 1, 2018

Where: Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown WV

Underutilized wood – residues and non-timber-grade woody materials.- are a growing challenge and opportunity to the wood industry. On the one hand, excess residuals and non-favored trees represent a challenge for forest care as well as processer residual management. On the other hand, these materials could be a significant opportunity for bioenergy, biomaterials, and other wood-based products.
This symposium provides an opportunity to network and learn about opportunities and strategies for utilizing undervalued wood materials as a basis for producing energy and other products. The event will feature presentations, panels, and discussion sessions that include leading researchers, agency representatives, and industry professionals in the field.
The event also includes a site tour and reception on Day 1, in which active wood harvest and processing operations will be visited.

Speakers for this short course include industry and research experts in wood products and energy systems, including:
Brett Chezdoy, Peter Smallidge – Cornell Unviersity
David DeVallance – West Virginia University
Matt Dumm – D&D Wood Products
Moe Gaelis – Greene Team Pellets
Jesse Gandi – USDA RD
Ed Johnstonbaugh – Penn State Extension
Ken Kane, Luke Dillinger – Domtar
Eric Kingsley – INRS, LLC
Joe McNeel – Appalachian Hardwood Center
Jingxin Wang- West Virginia University

30 April, 2018; Site Tour and Reception:
13:00 Guided tour of active wood harvest operations and
wood processing facilities with a focus on underutilized wood material. Specific locations will depend on weather and status of harvest operations at that time.
17:00 Networking reception

01 May, 2018; Presentations and Panels:
08:30 Welcome and Introductions
08:45 State of the regional forest
09:15 Harvest and Processing Panel
10:15 Break
10:30 Merchandising and Uses for Undervalued Wood
11:00 Merchandising and Uses Panel
12:00 Lunch and Posters
13:00 Business Opportunity Development
13:30 Dealing with Volatility in Feedstocks
14:00 Break and Posters
14:30 Business Opportunity Development Panel
15:30 Closing Discussion and Wrap-up
16:00 Adjourn

Early bird registration for the event is $50 per person (up to March 15th), after that the price rises to $70. Registration includes admission, packet of materials, lunch, reception and site tour transportation. Register online at: [TBA]

Who Should Attend?
Wood products professionals, foresters, landowners , bioenergy professionals, policy makers, researchers, project developers and public sector professionals are all strongly encouraged to attend.

Please contact:
Dan Ciolkosz at dec109@psu.edu, 814-863-3484

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April 30
May 1




Erickson Alumni Center
1 Alumni Dr
Morgantown, WV 26505 United States
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