The growing interest and investment in forest biomass for energy production in Minnesota has
created the need for accurate estimates of supply. This report estimates the total physical
supply of residual forest biomass in Minnesota using a spreadsheet based Forest Age Class
Change Simulator (FACCS) to model changes in forest growth and productivity at different
harvest target levels, biomass retention levels, forest type, ownership, and biomass attribute
(e.g., bolewood, limbs and tops). The findings are presented statewide and by region for
different harvest levels and forest management scenarios. Total economic and social availability
are further modeled for private woodland owners to determine the probability of their
willingness to sell biomass in conjunction with ongoing forest management activities. The
results provide a transparent analysis of biomass availability that illuminates policy dialogue
and planning regarding the incremental increases in demand for forest biomass and the level of
production that is ecologically sustainable within an area.
Becker, Dennis R.; Klapperich, Jonathan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Kilgore, Michael A.; D’Amato, Anthony W.; Current, Dean A.; Ek, Alan R..
2010 Outlook for Forest Biomass Availability in Minnesota: Physical, Environmental, Economic, and Social Availability.
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