Interest in forest biomass as a potential feedstock for renewable
energy facilities has been especially keen for the past several
years and much of the activity has been centered in Georgia. GFA and
UGA are excited about hosting our fourth biennial conference to
examine where we are with forest bioenergy development in Georgia
and where we may be going in the near future. While many issues are
becoming clearer, much uncertainty remains with regard to government
policy and market prices for fossil fuels. This conference is an
excellent opportunity to hear from some of the players on the front
lines of developing markets, influencing government policies, and
conducting research on how these changes may impact our wood supply
These are some of the topics that will be addressed during this
conference by many of the people directly involved with these
changes that are taking place in our state. Join us and stay abreast
of these significant changes taking place in our forest industry.
The talk I think they should pay attention to is:
What does Low-Cost Natural Gas Mean for Future Biomass Use?
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks and Announcements –
Introduction of Conference Co-Chairs, Steve
McWilliams, President, Georgia Forestry Assoc.
KEYNOTE: Honorable Harris Sherman, Under
Secretary for Natural Resources and
Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, DC/Introduced by Honorable Gary
Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of
A cold, wet winter has left northern parts of the state in decent shape,
but in southern Georgia river flows and soil moisture are both at some
of the lowest points that would be expected in a century, said David
Stooksbury, Georgia’s state climatologist at the University of Georgia.
The nearterm effects:
“We have a good fuel load with plenty of dry vegetation, the soil is
dry and there’s a low relative humidity and there’s wind,” Stooksbury
said. “That is the simple recipe for a trash fire to get out of control
very quickly and become a wildfire.”
Yes, Sunday Georgia Forestry cut off burn permits in Lowndes County because
some fires had gotten out of control.