Forest Biomass Harvesting Opportunities on State Land


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Doug Tillma, NE Region Timber Program for the DNR presentation from the April 29, 2008 Forest Biomass Harvesting Stakeholder Forum, Eveleth, MN

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Forest Biomass Harvesting Opportunities on State Land

  1. 1. Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry Forest Biomass Harvesting Opportunities on State Lands Doug Tillma, NE Region Timber Program
  2. 2. Timber Sales Slash <ul><li>DNR currently lists tops and limbs as an “Added Timber” option on roundwood timber sales. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All roundwood sales list this option as available unless; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acid peatland soils </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thin soils over bedrock </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A small number of loggers currently choose this option. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Price is 60 cents per 1000 pounds </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Thinning <ul><li>Small diameter timber in dense plantations and some natural stands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently have not made these stands available at timber auctions due to lack of equipment and logger interest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Winter access and low volume production are issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This type of early thinning would increase growth rates on the remaining timber </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Brushlands <ul><li>Brushland harvest is available on some Forestry and Wildlife lands. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently have two sales appraised awaiting a buyer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A third sale is set up and being offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No buyers to test feasibility of these sales </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Insect and Disease Treatments <ul><li>Shearing of dwarf mistletoe infected spruce near timber harvests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently DNR pays for this shearing so acreage is limited, could be expanded </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bark beetle infested dead tamarack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salvage sales currently available at auction </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Issues/Concerns <ul><li>Lack of equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too much financial risk for logger to buy equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No buyers for “experimental” sales of biomass. Ex. Brushlands </li></ul><ul><li>Selling price isn’t the roadblock </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel prices, low volume production/hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited markets </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Contacts <ul><li>Doug Tillma, NE Region Timber Program Specialist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PH 218-999-7843 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mimi Barzen, Northern Utilization and Marketing Coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PH 218-327-4119 </li></ul></ul>