10/16/18:  The event is SOLD OUT!

Pre-registration has closed and day-of registration will not be available. If you’re unable to attend, summary articles will be published to our Resources section after the event.
What is Biomass and how is it used?
Biomass includes any woody material we strategically take off the land as a by-product of forest restoration. Biomass can be used to produce a full range of products including energy, lumber, composites, paper and pulp, furniture, housing components, round wood, ethanol and other liquids, chemicals, biochar, and energy feedstocks.
We will hear from regional experts, and have opportunities for conversations on the following topics:
What Topics will be Covered?
  • Success stories and lessons learned from the real world. What may or may not work in Crook County?
  • How can we scale biomass projects that are the right size for our local supply?
  • Emerging Technologies – What’s the Next “Hot” Thing?
  • Policy and financial opportunities/challenges for biomass utilization.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in learning about emerging technologies that utilize the by-products of forest restoration efforts on both private and public lands. The registration fee is $25 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included! Scholarships will be available upon request (volunteer service will be required). After the Summit: Continue the conversation from 5pm – 7pm at our after-event reception with snacks, and beer donated by Ochoco Brewing Company!


Questions about the event? Call (541) 548-6088 or email Nicole.strong@oregonstate.edu.

Why is biomass important?  Let’s talk about it.

Meet Our Speakers

Matt King

Renewable Energy Program Advisory, Wallowa Resources

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.

Bruce Daucsavage

President, Ochoco Lumber Company

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.

Nick Johnson

Acting Executive Director, Lake County Resources Initiative

Nick Johnson is acting Executive Director of the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRI). LCRI’s projects promote prosperous, resilient, and thriving rural economies through the use of renewable energy, mitigating climate disruption, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, encouraging innovative forest management practices, supporting local business, and facilitating collaboration. As a non-profit organization, LCRI works with the public, government organizations, other non-profits, colleges/universities, community leaders, and industry to obtain common goals. Nick has a degree from Oregon State University renewable materials and a minor in business entrepreneurship. Before joining LCRI, he worked as a quality engineer in secondary wood manufacturing.

Megan Nuss

Project Development Manager, Wisewood Energy

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 Deboodt

Professor Emeritus, OSU Extension and Natural Resource Manager, Crook County

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 unmanaged 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.

Kevin Keown

Natural Resources Staff Officer, Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River Grassland

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.

Brian Reel

Stewardship Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry

Brian is ODF’s Stewardship Forester for the Dalles Unit. He holds an A.A.S in Wildland Fire Science and a B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University. His 18 year career with ODF includes a decade managing the fire program in Fossil and Veneta, where he also assisted the Private Forestry program. As stewardship Forester, he provides technical assistance in forest management to private landowners, administers the Forest Practices Act and Fire Prevention Laws, and assists with wildland fire protection. As the primary contact for private landowners, Brian relishes the opportunity to reinforce positive attitudes about forest resources.

Dylan Kruse

Director of Government Affairs and Program Strategy, Sustainable Northwest

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 Krumenauer

CEO, Oregon Torrefaction, LLC

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.

Ethan Martin

Senior Technical Director, Pacific Northwest and WoodWorks

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.

Norm Ward

Wind River Biomass Utility, LLC

In 2012, Norm became one of the four founding members of the Wind River Biomass Utility LLC. He grew up in New Hampshire, graduated from the University of New Hampshire after which he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. Norm retired from the US Forest Service in 2009 and during the course of his 32 years with the Forest Service, he became a licensed land surveyor in Oregon and Washington, serving as Assistant Forest Land Surveyor for the Zoned Forest Boundary Management Program for National Forests and Scenic Area in the states of Washington and Oregon, doing extensive fieldwork throughout the Pacific Northwest, parts of Alaska and the White Mountains National Forest.

Darren McAvoy

Assistant Professor of Forestry, Utah State University Extension

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.

Dave Moldal

Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon

Dave works with customers to develop custom renewable energy generation projects, with an emphasis on distributed biopower and small-scale hydropower. In his career, Dave facilitated a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for southwest Florida at a National Estuary Program, directed grassroots conservation campaigns for National Wildlife Federation in Texas and the Pacific Northwest, was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and developed utility-scale wind energy projects in the western United States. A Michigan native, he earned Masters Degrees in water resource management and natural resource policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Dave is a volunteer leader in the Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited and lives with his wife and two young boys in Southwest Portland.

Marcus Kauffman

Biomass Resource Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry

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.

Steve Forrester

City Manager, City of Prineville

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

Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University

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.

Summit Agenda

Morning Program

8:00 – 8:30 – Registration, Coffee, Networking
8:30 am – 9:00: Opening Remarks and Welcome Messages

Introductory Message by Vernita Ediger, Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative

  • Why did OFRC decide to organize this event?
  • The focus of the summit: small diameter wood utilization
  • Biomass defined
  • The relevance of small diameter wood utilization to forest restoration work

Introductory Message by Steve Forrester, City of Prineville

  • Why is Biomass important to Crook County and Prineville?
9:00 – 10:15 PANEL 1: Success Stories & Lessons Learned

Key Questions: What conditions support success? What conditions create barriers? How does this apply to Crook County? Moderator: Nicole Strong, Oregon State University Extension

  • Matt King, Wallowa Resources
  • Bruce Daucsavage, Ochoco Lumber Company
  • Nick Johnson, Lake County Resources Initiatives
10:15 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – PANEL 2: Supply & Environmental Benefits and Risks

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

  • Kevin Keown, USFS: Estimated volume and quality of available feedstock.
  • Meagan Nuss, Wisewood: What is the right size facility for our landscape?
  • Tim Deboodt, Crook County: Juniper supply and environmental benefits of thoughtful juniper removal (soils, biodiversity, water, range, local economy).
  • Brian Reel, Oregon Department of Forestry: challenges and opportunities of private supply sources.

Afternoon Program

12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 – PANEL 3: Emerging Technologies & Enabling Conditions

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

  • Dylan Kruse, Sustainable Northwest: Opportunities and challenges of Western Juniper utilization.
  • Matt Krumenauer, Oregon Torrefaction: Torrefaction
  • Darren McAvoy, Utah State University Extension: Mobile Biochar
  • Ethan Martin, WoodWorks: Cross Laminated (Mast) Timber
2:30 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 4:15 – PANEL 4: Policies & Financial Incentives

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)

  • Steve Forrester, City of Prineville: Electricity opportunities given local data centers.
  • Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry: Statewide policies and incentives.
  • Dave Moldal, Energy Trust of Oregon: Financial incentives and challenges for biomass projects.
  • David Smith, OSU Extension: Considerations when building a new wood products business.
4:15- 4:30 – Open Networking with transition to after party
4:30 – ADJOURN
4:30-7: After party at Grizzly Mountain Pavilion, sponsored by Ochoco Brewing