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Supporting Bioenergy and Forest Management Together Workshop

May 17, 2017


This event made possible by a grant from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and offered for free for all attendees thanks to Wilson Engineering Services


  • Tom Wilson, Wilson Engineering Services;
  • Geoff Bristow PA Department of Environmental Protection

Summary: This workshop is designed for those interested in learning about how we can use biomass to heat and power homes and businesses and forest sustainability. Come learn how sustainable forestry management, wood products and the biomass energy industry work together to grow more PA trees, jobs and businesses while protecting our environment. The tour will start where it all begins, in the forest. The Kane Experimental Forest was established in 1932 as a living laboratory to conduct long-term studies on individual tree and understory vegetation measurements; treatments such as thinnings, regeneration cuts, uneven-age cuts, and long-term measurements of unmanaged forest. Workshop attendees will be able to see how smart removal of some biomass helps the forest to thrive, in addition to wood- and biomass energy-based businesses, with an opportunity to see the downsides of an unmanaged forest in contrast.

After visiting the forest, attendees will visit the Kane High School Biomass Heating 15 minutes away.  A representative from Allegheny National Forest will discuss fuel supply for the biomass heating project, and John Rook, Facilities Manager for the school district, will provide an overview and tour of how they use biomass for renewable heating and its benefits to the school over oil or gas.


9:45      Registration at Kane Experimental Forest classroom

10:00    Welcome/Introduction (Dr. Susan Stout, USDA Forest Service & Tom Wilson, PE, PBEA Director/Wilson Engineering Services)

10:05    Sustainable Forestry Management & Bioenergy Opportunities (Dr. Susan Stout)

Note: Attendees will visit the actual experimental forest plots outside, weather permitting. Please arrive dressed appropriately.

11:15     Return to classroom

11:20    Forest Sustainability: Collins Pine FS Certified Forest (Tom Kase, Collins-Kane Hardwood)

11:45    Biomass Fuel Supply for Kane Area High School Boiler (Speaker TBA, USDA Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest)

12:15    Depart Kane Experimental Forest for Kane Area High School (approx.. 15 min drive)

12:30   On-site Tour of Kane Area HS Biomass Boiler and Fuel Handling System (John Rook, Kane HS Facilities Manager)

1:00     Workshop concludes




May 17, 2017
Event Category:


PA Biomass Energy Association


Kane Experimental Forest
Kane, PA 16735 United States + Google Map