Underutilized Wood Symposium to Address Energy Development Opportunities

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, through the state’s Wood Energy Team, is offering an opportunity to participate in a regional symposium to address energy and economic opportunities available to foresty and wood industries. The event, “Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Products” will be held April 30 and May 1, 2018 at the Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, West Virginia.

The symposium addresses the growing energy and product development opportunities available from the residues and non-timber-grade woody materials, called underutilized wood. In addition to speakers and presentations from national wood product industries and universities, attendees will be offered a guided tour of active wood harvest operations and wood process facilities.

This educational opportunity is beneficial to wood products professonals, foresters, landowners, bioenergy professionals, policy makers, researchers, project developers and public sector professionals.

The cost to attend is $50 up to March 15, and $70 thereafter. There is an additional cost of $10 to attend the tour and reception. Registration includes admission, packet of materials, lunch and break refreshments. Online registration is available, https://extension.psu.edu/underutilized-wood

The Kentucky Wood Energy Team is offering scholarships up to $500 per person, for attendees from Kentucky representing the wood industry and students or faculty of the wood industry. Scholarship funds reimburse attendees for travel, lodging, food and registration costs postevent. To apply for a scholarship, or for more information about Kentucky’s Statewide Wood Energy Team, contact Kenya Stump, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Kenya.Stump@ky.gov

Kentucky is among a regional consortium of Statewide Wood Energy Teams, public institutions and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to host the symposium. Other regional teams are from West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

The Statewide Wood Energy Team is an initiative funded by the U.S. Forest Service to increase networks and relationships in the wood energy community, and support successful development and implementation of wood energy systems and businesses