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Societal Values and Economic Return Added for Forest Owners by Linking Forests to Bioenergy Production

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Abstract:

Unless additional economic returns can be generated from ownership of forestlands, it will be difficult to simultaneously manage forests to include socially desired services while creating sustainable development opportunities for rural communities. One unique economic return is to collect nontimber forest materials for use in renewable energy production systems because this is compatible with obtaining socially based environmental services from forests while providing new economic return to forest owners. Bioenergy systems that transform wood using sustainable chemical practices are environmentally CO2-neutral and are able to supply other nonforestry-based industrial platforms (e.g., electricity, biofuels, pharmaceutical precursors, etc.).

Keywords: bioenergy; economic return; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; hydrogen fuel cells; methanol; natural resource management; natural resources; renewable energy; sustainable rural development; thinned forest materials

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Professor and Co-Coordinator The Program in Forest Systems and Bioenergy College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195, Email: kvogt@u.washington.edu 2: Doctoral Student and Co-Coordinator The Program in Forest Systems and Bioenergy College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195 3: Associate Professor College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195 4: Director, CAPEIntl and President Umhverfisrannsoknir ehf Selfoss Iceland 5: Professor and Associate Dean College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195 6: Professor College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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