JEFFERSON CITY Mo -- The Missouri Forest Resources Advisory Council (MoFRAC) is offering an all-day conference on Friday, Oct. 22, entitled “Challenges of Producing Energy from Woody Biomass” at the Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive (MO HWY 179) in Jefferson City.
The Missouri forest products industry has traditionally focused on harvesting saw timber rather than the small and poor quality trees and forest residues that could be a feedstock for the numerous bio-energy projects being proposed in the state. The conference will explore the challenges facing this industry, resource managers, state agencies, and energy planners as they chart a path to ensure sustainable harvest practices in this new sphere of activity.
“The Conservation Department is looking forward to this conference on woody biomass,” said Director of Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Bob Ziehmer. “It will provide an opportunity for all involved to learn key facts about woody biomass opportunities and challenges. Understanding this information is critical as we work to ensure appropriate management of our natural resources.”
Cost of the conference is $20 and is lunch included. Seating is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.confedmo.org/biomassregistration, or call 800-575-2322.
The Missouri Forest Resources Advisory Council facilitates communication among all who are interested in Missouri’s forests to assure long term forest health, productivity, and sustainability. With a membership of 30+ organizations, it serves in an advisory capacity to agencies and organizations regarding planning, operations, programs, policies, or legislation affecting forestry.