Biomass Sustainability Research
To determine the feasibility and benefits of community forest biomass heat and power NSFC undertook a study called Making Ontario’s Forest Communities More Competitive: Generating Heat and Power in Rural Ontario Communities from Biomass.
Despite the economic and potentially environmental benefits that could occur as a result of growth in the forest bio-energy sector, there is some concern regarding the impact that biomass harvesting may have on the sustainability of the forest.
To study the potential impacts of intensified biomass/bio-energy harvesting on forest productivity and sustainability, NSFC has partnered with the Canadian Forest Service, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Tembec, Ontario Power Generation, and the Northeast Superior Regional Chief’s Forum to establish a combined demonstration/research area within the NSFC region.
The newly established demonstration and research area is called the Island Lake Biomass Harvest Research and Demonstration Area and is located approximately thirty minutes south of Chapleau.
This project is intended Results will be used to refine forest management guidelines to ensure forest sustainability.
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To read the reports regarding these projects please select the PDF from below.
Making Forest Communities More Competitive Generating
Heat and Power from Biomass (2009)
Harvest Biomass Analysis (2008)