Biomass Resource Availability Assessment

by Amanda Lang & Brooks Mendell, Forisk Consulting

The results of Forisk’s Woody Biomass Harvesting Sustainability Study includes statistical details on woody biomass supply and demand, and a screening method to project expected viability of announced bio-energy projects.


  • The U.S. grows more than enough wood to supply both known wood bio-energy projects and the current forest industry.
  • Resource sustainability is not a problem in any region, but this assumption may not necessarily hold on a local scale.
  • Bio-energy and OSB markets will drive any growth in pulpwood demand over the next ten years.
  • A 10% marginal change in pulpwood demand from bio-energy markets could cause a slight increase in stumpage prices during the years 2010 to 2020.
  • Of 432 announced bio-energy projects (as of March, 2011), 277 currently pass the Forisk screens. This represents 68.4 million tons of new wood demand by 2020.

KEY FINDINGS: See Proceedings, 34th Council on Forest Engineering, June 12-15, 2011, Integrating Woody Biomass into the U.S. South Wood Supply Chain.

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