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Nevada P-J Partnership Workshop 8 and 9 August 2011
Nevada Pinyon Juniper Restoration and Utilization Summit 8 and 9 December 2010

Nevada P-J Partnership Workshop

Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Partnership Workshop Summary

August 8 & 9, 2011

"Challenges and Opportunities regarding utilization of Pinyon & Juniper within the Partnership Area"

Participants:

  • Clint Anderson, Nevada US Department of Agriculture (NV USDA)
  • Gary Barnett, Caliente Firewood and Fuels Reduction
  • Donna Bath, Ely Concerned Citizen
  • Jim Bath, Ely Concerned Citizen
  • Mike Baughman, Lincoln County Regional Development Authority
  • Scott Bell, US Forest Service (USFS), Intermountain Region
  • Bruno Bowles, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Carol Carlock, USFS
  • Cody Coombs, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Jeremy Drew, Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI)
  • Gary Elmer, Panaca Concerned Citizen
  • Anthony Frank, Moapa Piute Tribe
  • Penny Frazier, Pine nut Harvester, Salem, Missouri
  • Justin Freeman, NV USDA
  • Jim Garza, White Pine County Economic Development Director
  • James Gatzke, NV USDA
  • Chris Kaamasee, Kaamasee Cutting, Ely
  • Reid Kelly, NV USDA
  • Lance Lindbloom, Bloomin Ranch Service, Beaver, Utah
  • Nevada Loper, Ely Concerned Citizen
  • Mark Lowrie, BLM
  • Doug Martin, Nevada-Tahoe Conservation District
  • Paul Matthews, Lincoln County Commissioner
  • Betsy Mcfarlan, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC)
  • John McLain, RCI
  • Dusty Moller, UNR Business Services Group
  • Dan Nelson, UNR Cooperative Extension
  • Elizabeth Nelson, BEC Environmental, Inc.
  • Jose Noreiga, USFS
  • Doug Page, BLM
  • Tye Petersen, BLM
  • Karen Rayala, White Pine County Concerned Citizen
  • Harry Rhea, Ely Concerned Citizen
  • Slade Sanborn, Nevada Division of Forestry
  • Lauren Scott, Apollo Bioenergy, Inc.
  • Art Shulenberger, Renewable Fuel Technologies, LLC
  • Rosey Thomas, Ely BLM
  • Julie Thompson, Ely Concerned Citizen
  • Jake Tibbits, Eureka County Natural Resources Manager
  • Bill Wolf, Great Basin Institute

Agenda:

Day 1, Monday, August 8, 2011

Welcome and Introductions – Doug Martin

Nevada Partnership Overview – Jeremy Drew

  • The need for treatment
  • The desire to utilize
  • Provide the science
  • Adaptive management

Federal Land Manager Overview - Rosemary Thomas, Bureau of Land Management - Jose Noriega, U.S. Forest Service

  • Landscapes, watershed & all lands

Industry Panel

  • The State of Technology in Utah – Lance Lindbloom
  • Working & Selling Locally & Where is the Future – Dusty Moller
  • Idaho National Labs-Research & Solutions – Erin Searcy (not able to attend)

County Perspective

  • White Pine County – John Lampros (not able to attend)
  • Lincoln County – Paul Matthews

Economic Development Panel

  • Lincoln County Economic Development & update to regional power generation – Mike Baughman
  • Local resources available for business development – Jim Garza
  • Local Markets – Jim Bath

Facilitated Discussion/Next Steps – Scott Bell

  • What are the take home messages?
  • What are the local markets opportunities in short term?
  • What is the local political and economic climate and incentives?
  • What one thing would be critical to work on?
  • What are the next steps?
  • Who is willing to help?

Date 2, Tuesday, August 9,m 2011

Tour of Local Treatments

Nevada/PJ Partnership Steering Committee Meeting

Summary of Workshop:

The workshop was held at the Bristlecone Conference Center in Ely, Nevada.  It started at 12:30 p.m. on the 8th and there were several lively discussions going on after 5:00 p.m. when participants were asked to finish up as the Conference Center had another group scheduled.

Doug Martin, Chairman, provided the welcome and introductions.

Jeremy Drew, provided an overview of the need for treatment, the desire to utilize the biomass, provided an overview of the science involved and the adaptive management practices being considered and used.

Thomas and Noriega provided an overview from the federal land managers’ point of view. They described how they were positioning land under their agencies control to be as ready as possible for woody biomass utilization. They described several projects in the works: South Steptoe, North Shell, and Ward Mountain. The Ward Mountain project is a combined effort between the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and the Tribes involving from 120,000 to 130,000 acres (40,000 U.S. Forest Service, 6,000 Tribal and the rest BLM lands). They are in the planning stages  to treat  over 300,000 acres between the two federal agencies during the next 5 to 10 years.  U.S. Forest Service land comprises about one million acres of  dense stands that require treatment in the near future.  While they  are working very hard to position the acreage under their control to facilitate utilization, they must move forward with treatment.

Lindbloom gave an overview of the current state of technology in the industry.  He described issues with pinyon and juniper in their area and provided a slide presentation showing the latest developments in equipment used to chip, shred, cut, bale, and haul biomass.

Moller presented: “Working & Selling Locally & Where is the Future” which reviewed the tire derived fuel process being used by the Moapa Paiute Tribe, and the possibilities for biochar for mine reclamation (as possible substitute for the coconut husk activated charcoal currently being used) and biochar as a soil amendment.

Commissioner Matthews discussed the railroad as a possible means of transport but stated the railroad does not want to stop for a few carloads.  Lincoln County is working with Baughman to explore a partnership with a Chinese company to build a biomass operation.

Baughman said it would take 200,000 acres (about 10,000 to 13,000 treated acres per year) to support the biomass project and he described the outcomes of several studies which had been conducted regarding the viability of the biomass project.

Garza provided copies of the handout, “New Business Opportunities.”  He described a vision of White Pine County’s roll in embracing renewable energy projects and involvement in the export and manufacturing of biomass products 

Bath, in his presentation, stated whatever the final product, from low value to high value, products must concentrate on quality to succeed and be sustainable.  He also stated the market must be identified – what will we do with the products produced.

Bell then asked everyone to help summarize the take home messages, the local market opportunities in short term, and the local political and economic climate and incentives; and to provide assistance in identifying the one critical problem to work on, what the next steps would be, and asked for everyone’s help in moving the PJ Partnership forward.

Twenty participants were expected, thirty-nine attended.   Twenty-one were from Ely.

 

Nevada Pinyon Juniper Restoration and Utilization Summit

The Pinyon Juniper Restoration and Utilization Summit was held in North Las Vegas Dec. 8-9, 2010 (see press release).  Invited participants included U.S. Senator Harry Reid; National Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

The Summit had conference tracks on community and economic benefits of landscape level actions, private side challenges and opportunities with PJ biomass utilization, key perspectives on Nevada’s needs and requesting federal, state and local support to complete a landscape-scale project, as well as working groups on the second day to learn about regional partnership models, environmental considerations for monitoring and adaptive management, utilization approaches, and tools and incentives.

Documents from the Summit

Summit Related

Policy and Guidance

Summit Presentations

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