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Title: Opportunities and attitudes of private forest landowners in supplying woody biomass for renewable energy

Abstract

Woody biomass has been identified as a source of dispatchable, renewable energy. Private lands supply the majority of the wood-based pellets that is produced in the southeastern United States (SE US) and shipped to countries in the European Union (EU) for energy generation. To assess the perspectives of potential suppliers of woody biomass in the SE US, nonindustrial private forest landowners were surveyed in the fuelsheds of the two primary ports for wood pellets exported to the EU. The survey assessed owners' characteristics, attitudes, and future management plans. Survey results were examined to explore the relationships among these factors and owners' intentions for providing material for wood-based energy. Here, the results indicate that forest landowners have multiple reasons for maintaining their forest land, with more than 40% of the owners ranking timber production as a very important reason. Furthermore, the majority of landowners would be willing to provide woody biomass for producing bioenergy. Among factors that would enhance landowners' willingness to provide woody biomass for energy, technical assistance to improve stand productivity and future value was the most popular options, followed by reducing fire and disease risk, long-term markets, and high prices. Landowner willingness to provide woody material for bioenergymore » also varied depending on demographics including age and gender, property characteristics including holding size and distance to residence, and perceptions regarding the impact on forest value of wood pellet demand and the viability of bioenergy as an alternative to fossil energy.« less

Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  2. Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1545236
Grant/Contract Number:  
[AC05-00OR22725]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 113; Journal Issue: C]; Journal ID: ISSN 1364-0321
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Woody biomass supply; Bioenergy; Private forest management; Renewable fuel; Sustainability

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Hodges, Donald G., Chapagain, Binod, Watcharaanantapong, Pattarawan, Poudyal, Neelam C., Kline, Keith L., and Dale, Virginia H. Opportunities and attitudes of private forest landowners in supplying woody biomass for renewable energy. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2019.06.012.
Hodges, Donald G., Chapagain, Binod, Watcharaanantapong, Pattarawan, Poudyal, Neelam C., Kline, Keith L., & Dale, Virginia H. Opportunities and attitudes of private forest landowners in supplying woody biomass for renewable energy. United States. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2019.06.012.
Hodges, Donald G., Chapagain, Binod, Watcharaanantapong, Pattarawan, Poudyal, Neelam C., Kline, Keith L., and Dale, Virginia H. Thu . "Opportunities and attitudes of private forest landowners in supplying woody biomass for renewable energy". United States. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2019.06.012.
@article{osti_1545236,
title = {Opportunities and attitudes of private forest landowners in supplying woody biomass for renewable energy},
author = {Hodges, Donald G. and Chapagain, Binod and Watcharaanantapong, Pattarawan and Poudyal, Neelam C. and Kline, Keith L. and Dale, Virginia H.},
abstractNote = {Woody biomass has been identified as a source of dispatchable, renewable energy. Private lands supply the majority of the wood-based pellets that is produced in the southeastern United States (SE US) and shipped to countries in the European Union (EU) for energy generation. To assess the perspectives of potential suppliers of woody biomass in the SE US, nonindustrial private forest landowners were surveyed in the fuelsheds of the two primary ports for wood pellets exported to the EU. The survey assessed owners' characteristics, attitudes, and future management plans. Survey results were examined to explore the relationships among these factors and owners' intentions for providing material for wood-based energy. Here, the results indicate that forest landowners have multiple reasons for maintaining their forest land, with more than 40% of the owners ranking timber production as a very important reason. Furthermore, the majority of landowners would be willing to provide woody biomass for producing bioenergy. Among factors that would enhance landowners' willingness to provide woody biomass for energy, technical assistance to improve stand productivity and future value was the most popular options, followed by reducing fire and disease risk, long-term markets, and high prices. Landowner willingness to provide woody material for bioenergy also varied depending on demographics including age and gender, property characteristics including holding size and distance to residence, and perceptions regarding the impact on forest value of wood pellet demand and the viability of bioenergy as an alternative to fossil energy.},
doi = {10.1016/j.rser.2019.06.012},
journal = {Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews},
number = [C],
volume = [113],
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
}

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