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  • 1. Team Member Biographies Peter Cardellichio is a forest economist with over 25 years of experience analyzing and forecasting mar- kets for timber and forest products. He was affiliated with RISI for more than 15 years, where he was a partner and member of their Board of Directors. He developed the original models used for RISI’s timber price analysis and forecasting, and established an international reputation for his knowledge of statistical methods and empirical work in the forest products industry. At RISI, he directed the work of ten economists, worked on the development of multi-client studies, and was responsible for forecasting con- sumption trends, capacity changes, foreign trade shifts, raw material requirements, prices, costs, and in- vestment opportunities. Dr. Cardellichio is now working as an independent consultant and recently com- pleted projects on the long-term outlook for U.S. timber prices (including a piece on biomass expansion) and the long-term outlook for markets for high-value hardwood species. Dr. Cardellichio received his Ph.D. in Forest Economics from Yale University in 1986 and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1975. For the DOER Study on Biomass, he will be engaged in several tasks: he will manage Task 2 and have primary responsibility for projecting the availability of wood biomass; he will also co-manage Task 5 and participate in the analysis of the impacts of increased biomass harvesting on net carbon balances. John Gunn is forest ecologist and Senior Program Leader at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sci- ences. Dr. Gunn has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and an M.F.S from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Gunn completed a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick. He has a broad background in sustainable forestry including a position de- veloping sustainable forest management systems for a large private landowner in Maine and extensive work on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) family forest and group certification issues throughout North America. Dr. Gunn recently has worked on developing managed forest carbon offset projects in Maine (family forests) and Minnesota (public lands) and has developed significant expertise in forest carbon off- set markets. Dr. Gunn is currently leading a comprehensive life cycle assessment of managed and un- managed forests in Maine. Brian Kittler serves as a Project Director for the Pinchot Institute, specializing in the Institute’s sustain- able wood bioenergy, community-forestry, and ecosystem services program areas. His current research examines the role of wood-based bioenergy in greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies, renewable energy production, and improved forest management on both public and private forest lands. He is co-in- vestigator on a project to develop biomass harvesting guidelines for the state of Maryland and is editor of a forthcoming double issue of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry focused on the sustainability of wood- based bioenergy. Mr. Kittler has previously managed programs for the National Fish and Wildlife Founda- tion, worked on wilderness management issues in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and has served on the technical advisory panel for three inter-state policy reports related to the potential impacts of bioenergy systems on watershed health and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Colby College and is completing a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. Brian is also a native of Massachusetts. Mr. Kit- tler will provide input to Tasks 1 and 3. Anne Perschel, leadership and organizational psychologist, is an expert in leadership and change man- agement. She is founder and president of Germane Consulting (M/WBE). Dr. Perschel consults to change leaders and their teams, helping them apply principles and models for how and why people, groups and organizations change and why they don’t. She is also a highly skilled facilitator who designs and facili- tates group meetings involving those affected by change in order to engage them in the change process. Dr. Perschel is trained in and has used both appreciative inquiry and World Café methods to work with very large groups as they explore and develop unique solutions to complex issues.
  • 2. A number of environmental organizations have hired Dr. Perschel to develop strategy, implement change, and design as well as lead large group meetings. Her work with the Governing Council of the Society of American Foresters resulted in the adoption of a code of ethics for the land for the first time in the organi- zation’s history. She worked with the Environmental Vision and Values design team to develop a 3-day meeting sponsored by national environmental groups including The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, and National Audubon Society. She also designed and led a session at Yale University’s conference on The Good in Nature and Humanity. Dr. Perschel has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from American University and a Doctorate in Psychology from Antioch University. She will play a key role in designing and implementing the Task 6 public and stakeholder outreach process. Robert Perschel has worked for over 30 years with private landowners, forestry consultants, timber in- dustry owners, and government agencies on diverse aspects of sustainable forest management. He is a na- tionally recognized expert and speaker on long-term forest management practices, forest biomass utiliza- tion, and forest-based carbon cap and trade (including most recently, the 2008 national Land Trust Al- liance meeting and the 2009 Society of American Foresters Northeast regional meeting.) He was lead au- thor of the 2007 report, Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast that has been refer- enced by diverse private organizations and government agencies, including the State of Vermont and the Manomet and State of Maine-led process to recommend additional forestry protocols for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Mr. Perschel’s forest biomass policy expertise includes most recently, An As- sessment of Biomass Guidelines (January 2009), which he co-wrote with Dr. Alexander Evans. Currently he is the Forest Guild’s Northeast Region Director and is co-developing biomass harvesting standards for Northeast forest types. He has a Masters in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is a founding member of Forest Guild, and a member of the Society of American Foresters. Mr. Perschel will be the lead team member for Task 3 and portions of Task 1 and will provide technical input to Task 4 regarding forest management issues. Based on his strong track record and proven ability to lead groups with divergent interests to realize a collaborative vision, he will also lead Task 6. Chris Recchia has been BERC’s Executive Director since May of 2007. He has more than 20 years of experience as an environmental leader in the development of state and federal environmental policy and the implementation of programs managing air, land, and water resources. Recchia came to BERC after a four-year tenure as executive director of the Ozone Transport Commission in Washington, DC, where he directed a commission of 12 mid-Atlantic and northeastern states and the District of Columbia coordinat- ing air pollution reduction programs and policy. Prior to that, he served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and before that director of Environmental Programs at the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. Recchia holds a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont, a M.S. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and a M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mr. Recchia will lead BERC’s efforts on Task 1, 2, and 5. David Saah is a consultant working with Manomet on forest modeling simulations. Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems. Dr. Saah has participated in re- search projects throughout the United States and Internationally. His academic research uses integrated geospatial science for multi-scale mapping, monitoring and modeling of environmental spatial hetero- geneity, particularly in riparian, savanna, and forest ecosystems. These efforts include quantification of change in landscape pattern, investigating the linkages between pattern and processes, and understanding the pattern-process dynamic within different environmental management regimes. To complement this, Dr. Saah’s consulting research interest and experience include: developing holistic decision support sys- tems for resource management, assessing natural hazards, and quantifying ecosystem service valuation. In
  • 3. addition, all of his research addresses access, availability, and accuracy of geospatial and environmental datasets, and scale in natural resource and environmental research. Most recently, Dr. Saah has been con- ducting assessments of forest carbon credit eligibility using the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) for pri- vate and public forest lands. Thomas Walker is a natural resource economist with almost 30 years of experience conducting environ- mental policy and economics projects for public, private and non-profit clients. He brings strong project management expertise to the Manomet team, having recently directed the establishment of a new $4 bil- lion ecological restoration program for the United Nations in Geneva; prior to that he served as a manag- ing director at Industrial Economics, Inc. a 100-person consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked for 24 years. Mr. Walker’s recent forest economics and policy experience includes eco- nomic analysis for the Open Space Institute of Plum Creek Timber’s Moosehead Lake land development proposals, analysis of liquidation harvesting practices for Alec Giffen at the Maine Forest Service, and an economic analysis of the value of FSC certification to Candlewood Timber, a private producer of certified hardwood lumber from natural forests in Argentina. Mr. Walker is currently serving as technical coordi- nator for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Forest Futures Technical Steer- ing Committee, and has been assisting the Open Space Institute with a study projecting forest conserva- tion opportunities with timber investment management organizations. He also currently serves on the Manomet Center Board of Councilors. Mr. Walker received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale College and a MFS in resource economics from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For this effort, Mr. Walker will serve as overall Project Manager, coordinating the activities of the expert team, and will provide significant technical input to Tasks 1, 2 and 5. Independent Advisory Panel David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau’s Country – Journey through a Transformed Land- scape (1999), New England Forests Through Time (2000; both Harvard University Press), Forests in Time – The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004; Yale Universi- ty Press) and Wildland and Woodlands: A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts (Harvard University). He has been a faculty member in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard since 1983 and Direc- tor of the Harvard Forest, the University’s 3500-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Mas- sachusetts since 1990. Dr. Foster is the Principal Investigator for the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecologi- cal Research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and involving more than 100 scien- tists and students investigating the dynamics of New England landscape as a consequence of climate change, human activity, and natural disturbance. Dr. Foster has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota and has conducted studies in the bore- al forests of Labrador, Sweden and Norway and the forests of Puerto Rico, the Yucatan, and Patagonia in addition to his primary research on landscape dynamics in New England. His interests focus on under- standing the historical changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. He cur- rently serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Conservation Research Foundation and Highstead Foundation. As part of his conservation work David and colleagues developed Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of half of the land in the state. At Harvard University David teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change and directs the graduate program in forest biology. V. Alaric Sample has served as President of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC since 1995. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, and a Research Affiliate on the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research interests are in organizational sys- tems for advancing sustainable forest management, including policy frameworks, market-based systems,
  • 4. multi-sectoral complementarity in the conservation of large forest landscapes, and evolving pluralistic models for forest management planning and decision making. Sample earned his doctorate in resource policy and economics from Yale University (1989). He also holds an MBA and a Master of Forestry from Yale, and a Bachelor of Science in forest resource management from the University of Montana. His pro- fessional experience spans public, private, and non-profit organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, Champion International, The Wilderness Society, and the Prince of Thurn und Taxis in Bavaria, Germany. He specialized in resource economics and national forest policy as a Senior Fellow at the Conservation Foundation in Washington, DC, and later as Vice President for Research at the American Forestry Associ- ation. He has published widely in journals of resource policy, economics, law and organizational manage- ment. His recent books include: The Impact of the Federal Budget Process on National Forest Planning; Land Stewardship in the Next Era of Conservation; Remote Sensing and GIS in Ecosystem Management; and Defining Sustainable Forestry. Sample has served on numerous national task forces and commissions, including the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality task force on biodiversity on private lands, and as co-chair of the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry. Other profession- al activities include serving as Chair of the National Capital Society of American Foresters, and as Chair of the board of directors for the Forest Stewards Guild. He currently serves on the Leadership Council, and as President of the alumni association, for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Clark S. Binkley is Managing Director of International Forestry Investment Advisors (IFIA), a firm he founded in 2005 to develop and implement innovative, socially responsible high-return timberland invest- ment strategies. IFIA currently co-manages a bit over a half billion dollars of assets, and focuses on emerging markets, forestry technologies and capital-market arbitrage. Prior to founding IFIA, Dr. Binkley was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Hancock Timber Resource Group, the world’s largest timberland investment advisory firm serving private-equity clients. During the six full years of his tenure at Hancock, he was responsible for the investment strategies that produced 300 bps/yr of annual out performance versus the industry benchmark, and lead efforts to raise over $2 billion in equity capital. Before joining Hancock, Dr. Binkley was Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. From 1978-90, he was a member of the faculty at Yale University where, in 1990, he was named the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Forest Resource Management. He serves on the Board of Directors of West Fraser Timber, Ltd., the leading softwood lumber manufacturer in North America, chairing the Heath, Safety and Environment Committee, and serving on the Audit and Gover- nance Committees. In the past 30 years, he has consulted to numerous forest products companies, govern- mental agencies and conservation groups. Clark has written more than 100 books and articles on forest economics, and is widely known for his research on timberland investments. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics and in Engineering from Harvard University and in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
  • 5. Paul L. Lemar, Jr. is President of Resource Dynamics Corporation. Over the past 26 years, Mr. Lemar has managed numerous research projects that explored the market and regulatory challenges to distributed generation and clean heat and power. He has advised DOE, power generation equipment manufacturers, and local governments on market developments concerning biomass and opportunity fuels for power gen- eration and combined heat and power. He has published studies on markets for biomass and biogas-fu- eled power generation, and recently completed the outlook for biomass power as part of the ACORE Out- look on Renewable Energy. During the past five years, he also has led a number of projects that have fo- cused on biomass customer-sited power projects. He advises the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies, as well as key players in the industry, including assessments of domestic and worldwide markets for General Electric, Rolls Royce, and Ingersoll-Rand. Mr. Lemar is also a noted lec- turer and author, and regularly addresses utility, manufacturer, and industrial audiences on topics includ- ing biomass combined heat and power, on-site power systems and cogeneration, industrial energy use, ef- ficiency improvement and new energy technologies; strategic market planning; and the increasing impor- tance of environmental concerns in understanding business and industry customers. Mr. Lemar serves as the Treasurer and chair of the Industry Development Committee of the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Asso- ciation. Mr. Lemar has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.B.A., both from the University of Maryland. Organizational Qualifications and Supporting Staff As organizations deeply involved in forestry and biomass science, technology and policy issues, Manomet, BERC, the Forest Guild and the Pinchot Institute offer a wealth of project and staff experience, as well as established networks of contacts that will be invaluable to the core research team. Each of these organizations is described below, with reference to additional staff expected to contribute to this project. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences is a relatively small but influential non-profit organization based in Manomet, Massachusetts which is helping to build a sustainable world based on healthy natural systems that support human and wildlife populations. For almost 40 years, Manomet has helped commu- nities throughout the Americas build science-based solutions to complex environmental, economic and social problems. Manomet’s programs and influence reach across the United States and the Americas. Manomet’s strategic plan recognizes that the natural systems both people and wildlife depend upon are being stressed as never before by a variety of human-induced factors such as pollution, increased con- sumption, sprawl, climate change and other aspects of 21st century life. Manomet’s programs combine scientific research with social and economic analysis to help build solutions among diverse constituencies including conservationists, national and local governments, businesses, and other community members. Program initiatives include climate change adaptation and mitigation, migratory bird habitats from Alaska to Patagonia, northern temperate forests, sustainable practices for dairy farms, water quality management, and energy impacts on coastal areas. Manomet has recently initiated a number of new programs which have significant potential for long-term growth and for building long-term sustainable solutions to key is- sues. Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) is a national nonprofit organization based in Montpelier, Ver- mont. Its mission is to achieve a healthier environment, strengthen local economies, and increase energy security across the United States through the development of sustainable biomass energy systems at the community level. BERC uses its expertise in institutional and community-scale wood energy systems to assist industries, schools, institutions, and others in initiating and constructing biomass projects for heat- ing and power needs. In the short time since its inception in 2001, BERC has established itself as a na- tional leader in biomass heating and power generation using sustainable forest and agricultural resources.
  • 6. BERC has a unique combination of critical review expertise and experience in: evaluating technologies and vendors, technical and economic feasibility analyses, project management, renewable energy devel- opment, practical know-how, and effective communication. Vendors in this emerging industry lay many claims to their technology’s capabilities. As a private nonprofit, BERC is an independent and impartial or- ganization that will provide a fair and objective study by maintaining technology neutrality and by per- forming routine due diligence on vendors and their claims. BERC is a strong proponent of community- scale CHP and distributed energy systems. The Forest Guild is a national organization of more than 700 foresters, allied professionals, and support- ers who manage forestlands in the United States and Canada and are stewards of and advocates for eco- logically sound forest practices. The mission of the Forest Guild is to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild advances sustainable forest management practices through applied research, scientific advocacy, on-the-ground training/education programs, and demonstration projects related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, appropriately scaled biomass utilization, community forestry, and maintaining intact ecosystems and their many co-benefits including clean water, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Dr. Alexander Evans, research director for the Forest Guild, is expected to assist in the project. The Pinchot Institute for Conservation is a leading forest conservation and policy organization. With a goal of informing the national discourse on climate and energy policy the Institute is exploring the role of sustainably managed forests in our nation’s energy future. The Institute’s wood bioenergy activities en- compass all aspects of sustainability including methodologies for determining available and sustainable wood supplies, methodologies for matching available supplies with appropriately scaled energy technolo- gies, economic considerations (e.g. competition with existing wood users), and environmental concerns associated with both biomass removal and biomass conversion. The Institute is working with the USDA Forest Service to define a number of scenarios for forest biomass’ future contributions in the energy sec- tor for the 2010 Annual Energy Outlook of the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Adminis- tration. The Institute has compiled an authoritative compendium of articles that outlines what is currently known about efforts to ensure that increased demand for woody biomass does not result in overharvesting or unsustainable forest management. This collection includes more than 30 invited and contributed papers from a wide range of public, private, NGO, and academic contributors. In addition to this body of knowl- edge, the Institute is also undertaking a yearlong, multi-stakeholder dialogue to identify policy actions that can improve the potential for forests to make a substantial and sustainable contribution to the nation’s energy needs. This dialogue includes both regional specific and national policy consultations. Finally, the Institute is working with several state forestry agencies to develop biomass harvesting guidelines cus- tomized to the needs and objectives of individual states. The Institute is also seeking to build off of our previous work with forest certification programs to explore the role these programs may serve as sustain- ability safeguards complementary to biomass harvesting guidelines. The Institute is also working with en- ergy companies seeking to guarantee a “green” supply chain and is interested in developing procurement guidelines for wood-based energy enterprises.