Energy from the Forest
Society is always looking for new forms of energy. A biological source is one option, termed 'bioenergy'. Products from the forest used for bioenergy may include: low quality timber trees and parts of the tree that are not used for wood (i.e. branches).
Bioenergy activities are increasing in forest-based communities as demand grows for new, renewable sources of energy. There are also many challenges facing forests, such as pest outbreaks and storms with high winds, disturbances that kill thousands of Canadian trees in one event. This damaged timber can be recovered and readily marketed as an energy source, helping ensure revenue flow into communities who rely on forest income.
The Canadian Model Forest Network is working on a two-part project to assist communities who are considering bioenergy activities. The first piece is a guidebook described as an overview of current information and specific research. This document also summarizes current Canadian bioenergy policies. The second part is a web-based tool that allows communities to assess the potential success of a bioenergy facility in their region. With these tools, being widely distributed across Canada, local leaders will have the information they need to make the best choice for their community.
To view and/or download our Biomass Heating & Electricity Production Community Guidebook please click here or on the image below.