The Biomass Energy Resource Center, the Northern Forest Center, and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire convened the Northern Forest Biomass Energy Initiative in 2006.
The purpose of the initiative is to explore the potential for woody biomass from the Northern Forest to provide an increased source of renewable, sustainable energy for the region, and to determine what needs to happen in the region for that potential to be realized.
A multi-stakeholder Steering Committee was formed and a Working Session Conference and two Steering Committee meetings were held to engage the expertise and insights of a diverse cross-section of experts from throughout the region in the areas of:
- Forest resources
- Wood products
- Conservation and recreation
- Economic development
- Biomass energy
- Environmental impacts
Results of these efforts are reflected in the Action Plan developed for this work.