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The Earth Partners on Conservation Biomass


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  • 1. Introduction to Conservation Biomass
  • 2. About The Earth Partners
    • Project development and financing to restore land
    • 3. Soil scientists, engineers, finance professionals, and biomass and carbon market developers
    • 4. Focused on restoration to create bio-energy value chains
    • 5. We are sourcing, processing, conducting technical analysis, financing, and delivering bioenergy purchase agreements
  • 6. The Earth Partners is a partnership with AES and Brinkman
    Applied Ecological Services (AES)
    • One of the largest ecological restoration firm since 1975
    • 7. Over 200 technical and restoration and research staff in 9 offices, working on >700 projects annually in grasslands, savannas, and many other ecosystems
    • 8. Owner/operator of one of the largest native plant nurseries in the USA and elsewhere
    Brinkman & Associates
    • One of the largest reforestation companies in the world
    • 9. Reforested over a million hectares of forest
    • 10. Manages over a million hectares of forest in Canada and the tropics
    • 11. Developed the 2 million acre Lax Kw’alaams First Nation-(BC) biomass project
  • 12. Conservation is unique because it bundles bioenergy, land restoration, and environmental assets (e.g., carbon, water)
    What is conservation biomass?
    Degraded/marginal land?
    • Restores degraded/marginal agricultural land through growing native species and removing invasives
    • 13. This biomass is sustainably harvested and processed as a bioenergy feedstock
    • 14. Co-benefits include improved water quality, flood-damage benefits, improved wildlife habitat, and reduced land management/operational costs
    • 15. Land with environmental/crop production risk such as flood-prone areas
    • 16. Poor erodible soils, deteriorating hydric soils, and saline/sodic soils
  • 17. Conservation Biomass in the Midwest
    Multiple revenue sources from conservation biomass projects
    Bioenergy for heat and power, or a future liquid fuel market
    Carbon credits from soil carbon (as markets develop)
    Payments for improved water quality and flood risk mitigation, hunting leases, wetland banking, etc.
    Marginal agricultural lands grow diverse, flood-tolerant ecosystems
    Native Plants
  • 18. Conservation biomass: understanding the relationship between bioenergy, land restoration, and carbon
    With bioenergy production…
    From marginal, degraded land…
    To productive, healthy land…
    CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and re-assimilated into soils through a) precipitation reaching the ground as carbonic acid binds with carbonates and contributes to inorganic carbon soil levels, b) photosynthetic activity of plants as root matter dies annually contributing soil organic carbon, and c) reduced soil erosion to protect carbon stocks
    CO2 is released from the soils to the atmosphere and waterways through a) soil disturbances from tillage and fertilization, b) soil erosion, and c) oxidation of dewatered former-wetland soils now planted to crops or used for land development
    The productive native plant species used to restore land are harvested as bioenergy crops, a cycle which is repeated over time to further build up soil carbon levels and restore soil, hydrology, biodiversity, and water quality.
    And carbon value
    Soils with low or declining amounts of carbon (tons/acre)
    Soils with high or increasing amounts of carbon (tons/acre)
    Measurement and monitoring of this increased soil carbon produces a carbon-neutral bioenergy source and potential monetizable carbon credits
    • Depleted eroded soils
    • 19. Dewatered hydrology
    • 20. Weedy species/sparse annual crops
    • 21. Healthy, stable soils
    • 22. Restored hydrology
    • 23. Locally suited productive plant species
  • 24. Conservation Biomass Addresses Sustainability Policy Factors
    • An important renewable energy to support security polices
    • 25. Conservation biomass production is aligned with important co-benefits (e.g., land restoration, carbon neutrality)
    Energy policy
    • Conservation biomass doesn’t displace food production
    • 26. Conservation biomass is produced on sub-optimal food production lands
    • 27. Conservation biomass improves soil and water health and increases land productivity
    • Unlike fossil fuels, conservation biomass is carbon-neutral because the above-ground biomass is regrown after each harvest
    • 28. Conservation biomass can create a large carbon asset because of net increases in soil carbon from restoration
    Carbon neutrality
  • 29. TEP will utilize its Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology to measure, monitor, and verify any carbon credits
    • Soil carbon is the second largest living carbon sink on earth
    • 30. The method is measurement/performance based, not based on models and hypothetical literature numbers
    • 31. Tested on over 60 restoration, conservation, and agricultural projects in North, Central, South American; New Zealand, Europe, etc.
    • 32. Tracks all carbon stocks, including above-ground, below-ground, soil, litter, deadwood, end-product (livestock, energy, etc)
    • 33. Simple and efficient modular form
    • 34. Allows for complex baselines
    • 35. Cost effective implementation through stratification
    • 36. The method will serve as the basis for several of the recent Conservation Innovation Grants by USDA
    Why this is important
    Type of projects
  • 37. TEP and POET’s Conservation Biomass Partnership
    • TEP, AES, and POET have developed a partnership to promote conservation biomass
    • 38. TEP will supply conservation biomass to POET’s solid fuel boiler
    • 39. TEP’s pilots are focused on creating environmentally sensitive, cost-effective, and high quality bioenergy products
    • 40. This opportunity can transform marginal agricultural lands to create significant environmental benefits
    We’ve explored with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) the potential for generating conservation biomass at Broken Kettle Grasslands from restoration practices such as clearing of woody encroachment from grasslands and planting native vegetation on floodplain lands
  • 41. Thank you.
    For more information, contact Chas Taylor at