Numerous partners worked jointly on a multi-faceted woody biomass utilization project for Michiganís Upper Peninsula (UP). The project promoted opportunities in the UP to facilitate the development of an active and commercially viable woody biomass industry. Michigan forests are being impacted by development, increased recreational use, and invasive insects, diseases and plants. Forest stand improvement, hazard fuel reduction, forest health treatments, and other non-commercial activities are necessary to the long term health and sustainability of forest ecosystems. The use of woody biomass offers opportunities to decrease the cost, or make profitable, needed forest treatments.
Activities that were conducted within the scope of this two-phase project included: providing technical assistance to schools and other institutions that were interested in converting their heating systems to utilize woody biomass as fuel; showcasing woody biomas harvest demonstration sites on different forest types to provide education on sustainable methods of biomass harvest; working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Management Advisory Committee to create guidelines for sustainable forest management for harvesting woody biomass; and creating an on-line woody biomass information clearinghouse, including soil ratings and limitations on specific sites. This project capitalized on efforts that promote economic stability and healthy forests through natural resources management. The UP could benefit greatly from the new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and the Community Wood Energy Program, both part of the 2008 Farm Bill.†
The final reports for both phases of the BURN-UP Project are available below. The UP RC&D Council currently has no funding to expand this project.
The BURN-UP Project was funded through a grant awarded to the UP RC&D Council by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Division of the U.S. Forest Service.