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Data from Auburn University Advance Knowledge in Applied Forestry


  2012 APR 20 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "A key factor determining the potential for development of cellulosic bioenergy in the southeastern United States ( the South) will be the availability of feedstock, which in turn depends on landowner willingness to direct timber production to biomass rather than existing markets or nonmarket uses. Most timberland in this region is owned by family forest landowners whose forest management objectives are varied," scientists writing in the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry report.

  "This study evaluates the conditions under which family forest landowners from Lee County, Alabama, would be willing to supply wood biomass energy feedstock for a prospective local biofuel industry. Using standard survey methodology, a questionnaire was mailed to every family forest landowner of 20 or more acres of forestland in Lee County, resulting in 363 valid responses and a response rate of 41%. Results indicate that most family forest landowners are willing to supply both timber and harvest residues for production of biofuels and that such willingness is positively correlated with the number of acres owned, the existence of an effective market, and the opportunity to contribute to local economic development and global climate change," wrote A.L. Paula and colleagues, Auburn University.

  The researchers concluded: "Three-quarters of all respondents indicated willingness to manage their land for biomass production, compared with 43% of respondents who actively manage their land at present."

  Paula and colleagues published their study in Southern Journal of Applied Forestry (Landowner Willingness to Supply Timber for Biofuel: Results of an Alabama Survey of Family Forest Landowners. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, 2011;35(2):93-97).

  Additional information can be obtained by contacting A.L. Paula, Auburn University, Sch Forestry & Wildlife Sci, Auburn, AL 36849, United States.

  The publisher of the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry can be contacted at: Soc Amer Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

  Keywords: City:Auburn, State:Alabama, Country:United States, Region:North and Central America, Biotechnology, Oil and Gas, Bioengineering

  This article was prepared by VerticalNews Economics editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, VerticalNews Economics via VerticalNews.com.

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