Flagstaff, AZ, March 27, 2012, 8:00am – If you’re looking for technical and economical solutions to the everyday challenges in your woody biomass operation and you’d like to highlight a new wood product or technology, you should attend the SmallWood 2012 conference coming up in May in Flagstaff, Arizona. Wildfires and bug-killed forests are generating enormous quantities of woody biomass from hazardous fuel reduction activities and from salvage operations. These issues are driving the need to create solutions for using low-value and waste wood. SmallWood 2012 will provide you with the information   needed to adapt and be successful in your business. The conference includes two days of presentations, an exhibition evening, and an optional day of field trips. On May 1-2, speakers will present the incentives of forest restoration; how to pre-treat woody biomass to reduce hauling costs; techniques for harvesting, processing, and manufacturing; new technologies and markets; and generating energy from woody biomass. At the interactive exhibit evening, you will have the opportunity to network with business owners and other presenters or showcase your own new product or technology. On May 3, three tours will be available: One focuses on how to incorporate fire and beetle-killed timber in homebuilding markets, a home that incorporated fire-killed material, and a forest recently affected by fire. Another tour will visit a woody biomass energy plant that generates enough electricity to power 18,000–20,000 homes. The third tour will show how the Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University uses prescribed burning in conjunction with site-specific thinning treatments to restore forests. SmallWood 2012 takes place May 1-3, 2012, at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. For program agenda/hotel information, go to http://www.forestprod.org/smallwood/or call 608-231-1361.
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