NCSU Extension Biomass Experts

Helene Cser
Dennis Hazel
Susan E. Moore


The demand for renewable energy is creating pressure to produce energy from various sources of biomass, including wood. Increased harvesting of woody biomass for bioenergy and biofuels may have impacts on forest ecosystems, biodiversity, and agricultural land use. NC State University has been researching and promoting sustainable biomass harvesting for emerging renewable energy markets for over a decade. This project includes the impacts ecosystem services provided by our southeastern forest lands ( Since 2002 training programs, tours, workshops, webinars and conferences have allowed participants to share various perspectives on the topic of woody biomass harvesting, including impacts on NC’s logging and other forest-based industries, and economic opportunities.

Biomass and Wood to Energy Events

Date Location Details
April 15, 2014 Training Stanford M. Adams Training Facility Archive
April 16, 2014 Training at Cunningham Research Station Archive
August 27, 2014 Training at Iredell County Extension Center Archive
May 4, 2016 NC Bioengy Council Meeting Archive
August 24-26, 2016 Asheville, NC
Appalachian Wood Energy Innovations Conf.


In 2014 a series of 6 webinars were offered on focused topics around the theme of "Biomass Harvesting Sustainability." Each webinar was 1 hour in duration and featured presenters from a variety of land management organizations and educational institutions. The webinars were archived at the website
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Webinar Topics


2014 Dates

The status and potential future of
biomass harvesting guidelines

Zander Evans,
The Forest Guild

April 1, 2014

Opinions of foresters, loggers and landowners in NC regarding biomass harvesting guidelines

Nils Peterson,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

April 9, 2014

Biomass harvesting guideline implementation: challenges and opportunities, including inventory techniques

Dennis Hazel,
NC State University Forestry Extension

April 24, 2014

 Small mammal and amphibian response to biomass harvesting

Sarah Fritts,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

May 8, 2014

Effects of biomass harvesting on
birds and invertebrates

Steve Grodsky,
NC State University Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program

June 4, 2014

Soil impacts of biomass harvesting

Larry Morris,
University of Georgia

July 8, 2014