For 20 years, Wallowa Resources has worked to enhance opportunities on forests and grasslands while caring for the land and water for future generations. They focus on collective land management and rural development in Wallowa County. Matt is always looking for ways to bring new energy projects to fruition, for the benefit of the community and the environment. As the renewable energy program advisor for Wallowa Resources, he’s been intimately involved in launching and coordinating WR’s various biomass utilization projects. He splits his time between the Pacific Northwest and East Africa, where he manages community development and agriculture projects.
Ochoco Lumber takes pride in being good stewards of the land, placing a strong emphasis on exceptional land and resource management practices implemented through long-term objectives. As President, Bruce oversees operations of Ochoco Lumber’s sawmill, biomass facility, timber lands, land development projects, and trading companies. He also a member of the Federal Forest Working Group, Oregon Forest and Industries Council, Wood Products Association, and Oregon Business Council. For several years, he has worked to advance biomass projects in the Blue Mountain Region and has guided the development of a torrefaction plant in John Day, Oregon.
LCRI aims to bring Lake County both economic and environmental prosperity. Jim has served as the Executive Director since 2002, building on a decades-long career with the National Resource Conservation Service. Jim leads LCRI’s biomass development, carbon credits system for forestry, and collaborative forest management. He also serves on the Renewable Energy Working Group, helping develop policy and legislation for renewable energy in Oregon.
Wisewood is one of the nation’s leaders in biomass technology. They pioneered the concept that biomass can do more than provide heat, unlocking local resources, empowering communities, and creating healthier forests. Megan leads Wisewood’s biomass projects through the preliminary engineering stage of development, helping to identify local and regional supply, fostering regional partnerships, and supporting policy work. She has a background in public forest collaboratives, industrial agroforestry, and non-industrial private forest management.
Tim has a doctorate in Rangeland Ecology, and more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management. His research focused on monitoring water relationships under managed and un-managed areas of juniper encroachment in Central Oregon. Recently retired from OSU Extension, Tim will be starting his new position with Crook County in fall 2018. As Natural Resource Manager, Tim will be partnering with federal agencies and exploring possibilities to develop new partnerships. His focus areas include: responsible use of natural resources, access to public lands, economic development, health and sustainability of public lands, natural resources education and awareness, and preservation of cultural interests.
Throughout his 27-year career with the Forest Service, Kevin has worked on the Malheur, Wallowa-Whitman, Deschutes, and Ochoco national forests. In his current role as Natural Resources lead, Kevin works in project planning, habitat improvement and restoration, and wildlife habitat inventory/monitoring. On three separate occasions, Kevin has served as a District Ranger in Central Oregon.
Chase earned his degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University, with a focus on Environmental Consulting and a certification in GIS. He started his career with ODF in 2017, working as a Fuels Forester. Now ODF’s Stewardship Forester for the Prineville Unit, Chase provides technical assistance in forest management to private landowners in Crook County, administers the Forest Practices Act and Fire Prevention Laws, and assists with wildland fire protection. Prior to joining ODF, Chase worked for Hancock Forest Management in La Grande. In the course of his work, Chase has become invested in developing markets for the private landowners he advises to utilize their supply of woody biomass.
Dylan is Sustainable Northwest’s bioenergy lead, working on biomass utilization and energy projects across the Northwest. He is responsible for state and federal legislative activity and agency engagement, representing SNW’s broad market and public policy priorities. Additionally, Dylan is coordinator of the Western Juniper Alliance, a 50 member partnership to accomplish rangeland restoration, produce sustainable wood products, and create jobs in juniper supply and market chains along the West Coast. He’s also an active member of the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group, on the board of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and a steering committee member of the National Rural Assembly.
Matt is the current Vice President of Special Projects for the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and in this role also serves as the CEO for Oregon Torrefaction, LLC. He is a lead on the development of the torrefaction plant in John Day, OR. Throughout his esteemed career, Matt has focused on the critical nexus of renewable biomass energy development, forest health, and economic well-being of rural communities. In addition to his project work, Matt has served as a senior policy analyst and bioenergy lead for the Oregon Department of Energy, developing initiatives and policies to promote the development of renewable energy, alternative transportation fuels, and related industries in Oregon.
As the former owner of a structural engineering firm in Asheville, NC, Ethan has worked on projects that range from small renovations and additions to a 470,000 square-foot, $125 million central school for the Cherokee Nation. In his role with WoodWorks he serves as a wood products industry spokesperson and educator dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of structural wood products including Mast Timber in non-residential construction. In his primary role as Senior Technical Director, Ethan consults directly with design professionals to educate and successfully implement wood into their designs.
Darren’s primary interest is helping private landowners make informed choices about how they manage their forest land. His master’s thesis, The Missing Fires video, created a widely distributed platform for educating the public about wildland fire ecology, endorsed by the National Park Service. Most recently, he has developed a new, mobile method of utilizing biomass for biochar production. Prior to joining USU Extension, Darren worked as a forestry consultant and wildland firefighter.
Energy Trust’s information, cash incentives, and contractor connections are designed to help a wide range of customers use less energy, tap into renewable power sources, and protect the environment. As Senior Project Manager, Dave is the lead on Renewable Energy, responsible for developing and managing custom renewable energy projects. He was the project manager for the award-winning wastewater treatment plant in Gresham, OR. He holds a B.A. in Biology and Political Science, an MPA in Natural Resources Policy, and an MSES in Water Resources Management.
Marcus’ work at ODF focuses on realizing the promises of woody biomass for forest management, local employment, and the future of energy. He specializes in bioenergy project development, feedstock analysis, feasibility studies, densified fuel manufacturing, and biomass heat applications. He provides direct technical assistance on biomass utilization and biomass supply to public and private interests across the state. He is also ODF’s lead on biomass education, outreach, and stewardship contracting. He holds a Masters of Community and Regional Planning, Rural Economic Development, from the University of Oregon.
As Steve nears his 10-year anniversary as Prineville’s City Manager, he continues to explore avenues for economic development and responsible natural resource utilization. A crook county local, he graduated from Crook County High School, going on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oregon State University. For 15 years, he worked as a general manager in the forest products industry. In addition to serving as a guest panelist, Steve will be delivering the welcome address at the Summit, setting the local context for biomass opportunities in Crook County.
David Smith joined the faculty of the Department of Wood Science and Engineering in the Forestry College at Oregon State University in 2008 after a long career in The forest products industry. He came to Oregon over 25 years ago by way of Washington and Montana to work for Willamette Industries as a technical manager in their engineered wood products group. Prior to joining OSU, David spent 12 years as a Process Specialist with Evergreen Engineering, a private consulting engineering firm headquartered in Eugene. One of David’s special areas of interest is the utilization of woody biomass for fuel to generate heat, power, and products. Although he formally retired in 2016, he still conducts research on biomass processing technologies and is particularly interested in the development of economical, processing techniques for converting logging slash or pre-commercial thinnings into fuels and products.
Part 1: What is Biomass and how is it defined for today? What is the range of use on the size and commercial viability? What is the relevance of small diameter wood utilization to forest restoration work? Speaker: Vernita Ediger, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Part 2: Why is small diameter wood utilization important to Crook County and Prineville? Speaker: Steve Forrester
Key Questions: What conditions support success? What conditions create barriers? How does this apply to Crook County? Moderator: Nicole Strong, Oregon State University Extension
Key Questions: What are the opportunities and challenges inherent in ensuring a consistent and adequate supply of small diameter wood from Federal and private lands? Moderator: Janel Ruehl, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Key Questions: What opportunities are emerging for creating value from small diameter wood? What enabling conditions support their success? Which have promise in Crook County? Moderator: Vernita Ediger, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
Key Questions: Given existing policies and financial incentives, what are Crook County’s best bets for creating value from small diameter wood? Moderator: Nicole Strong (Oregon State University Extension)