Attitudes and Interests of Woodland Owners and Foresters to Supply Woody Biomass

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Attitudes and Interests of Woodland Owners and Foresters to Supply Woody Biomass

  1. 1. Attitudes and Interests of Woodland Owners and Foresters to Supply Woody Biomass<br />Shorna Broussard Allred, Ph.D.<br />Peter Smallidge, Ph.D.<br />Nancy Connelly<br />
  2. 2. Building Capacity through Applied Social Science Research<br />Assess woodland owner awareness and knowledge of woody biofuels as a crop and their potential willingness to participate in production. <br />Determine what factors will influence woodland owner willingness to supply woody biomass and determine owner educational needs.<br />Determine what, if any, barriers will limit the ability or willingness of foresters, loggers, and small-scale firewood processors to increase the production and mobilization of woody biofuels. <br />
  3. 3. Project Team<br />Shorna Broussard Allred, Principal Investigator<br />Peter Smallidge, Co-Principal Investigator<br />Nancy Connelly, Co-Investigator<br />Project Collaborators (more are welcome!)<br />Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler County<br />Laurel Gailor, CCE Warren County<br />Guillermo Metz, CCE Tompkins<br />Marilyn Wyman, CCE Greene County<br />Tony Nekut, Woodland Owner and MFO Volunteer<br />
  4. 4. Research Methods<br />Mail survey of a random sample (N=2,000) of woodland owners in New York to determine decision space for woody biofuels production (awareness, attitudes, knowledge, barriers). <br />Mail survey of forestry professionals (N=400) to determine factors that influence their desire and ability to include woody biofuels from private land.<br />Interviews with loggers and small-scale firewood processors (N=30-40). We will evaluate their desire and ability to incorporate low-grade wood products into a business plan. <br />
  5. 5. Project Outputs<br />Outputs<br />Human Dimensions Research Unit publication<br />Outreach publications/fact-sheets<br />Extension proposal based on the research<br />
  6. 6. Project Outcomes<br />Characterize woody biofuelwoodland owners, loggers, managers, and producers; identify their production capacity and willingness to produce, and barriers.<br />Identify supply-side barriers to production. <br />Develop recommendations to create economic opportunities for owners and managers and to ensure environmental protection. <br />Create educational materials that support the decision making process of multiple audiences and inform them about the issues with forest-based bioenergy production. <br />
  7. 7. Expected Project Impacts<br />Forest owners will make informed decisions about their role as a woody biofuel supplier and understand the benefits and trade-offs associated with production. <br />Owners who participate will be more likely to receive fair compensation and maintain environmental quality on their property.<br />Foresters and loggers will be able to make strategic business decisions on whether and how to optimally participate in the woody biofuel supply systems. <br />Woody biofuel end-users and their procurement staff will understand the constraints on their suppliers.<br />
  8. 8. Mail Survey, Sept.-Oct. 2010<br />4 mailings<br />Sample: woodland owners with 25 acres or more<br />Response Rate=46.3% (n=893)<br />
  9. 9. Combined Web/Mail Survey, Sept.-Oct. 2010<br />4 mailings<br />Sample: forestry professionals<br />Response Rate=64.4% (n=250)(219 Web, 31 Mail)<br />
  10. 10. Mail Survey, Sept.-Oct. 2010<br />4 mailings<br />Sample: woodland owners with 25 acres or more<br />Response Rate=46.3% (n=893)<br />TODAY’S PRESENTATION WILL <br />FOCUS ON <br />WOODLAND OWNER RESULTS<br />
  11. 11. Before receiving this survey had you heard of the term “woody biofuels”?<br />
  12. 12. 3 Categories of Woodland Owners<br />Have sold wood for woody biofuel<br />Interested in woody biofuels in the future<br />Not interested in woody biofuels <br />
  13. 13. WOODLAND OWNERS THAT HAVE SOLD WOODY BIOFUEL<br /> 13% (n=95) <br />
  14. 14. Please describe your most recent harvest of woody biofuels<br />
  15. 15. What types of wood products did you sell in your most recent woody biofuels harvest?<br />
  16. 16. Who did you sell to?<br />
  17. 17. What was your experience with the harvest?<br />
  18. 18. When do you expect the next harvest that will include woody biofuels?<br />(n=96)<br />
  19. 19. What types of wood products might you be interested in selling in the future?<br />
  20. 20. WOODLAND OWNERS INTERESTED in WOODY BIOFUELS<br />52.1% (n=370)<br />
  21. 21. What types of information do you need to help you make a decision about selling wood for woody biofuels in the future? (n=370)<br />
  22. 22. How much of a concern are each of the following to you as you consider selling woody biofuels in the future?<br />
  23. 23. Which of the following sources of help and information would you use in the future to help you decide if you wanted to sell wood from you land for woody biofuels?<br />
  24. 24. Which of the following sources of help and information would you use in the future to help you decide if you wanted to sell wood from you land for woody biofuels?<br />
  25. 25. WOODLAND OWNERS NOT INTERESTED IN WOODY BIOFUELS<br />34.5% (n=245)<br />
  26. 26. Are any of the following reasons why you are not interested in selling wood from your land to be used for woody biofuels?<br />
  27. 27. Shorna Broussard AllredAssociate ProfessorHuman Dimensions of Natural Resources<br />srb237@cornell.edu<br />(607) 255-2149<br />www.human-dimensions.org<br />

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