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Forest Practices Biomass Work Group updated 8/7/12

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark convened a Forest Practices Biomass Work-Group in the fall of 2010 to evaluate the impacts of biomass removal on ecological health and determine whether changes were needed to the Forest Practices Rules to ensure public resource protection in light of the emerging biomass-to-energy sector.

The group met from November 2010 through July 2012 and developed a set of recommendations that were presented to the Forest Practices Board in August 2012. The proceedings from these meetings can be found here.

Resources
Another outcome of the work-group process was a compilation of some of the current science around biomass removal and the impacts of biomass removal on numerous aspects of ecological health and function. The following are the resources in addition to the Forest Practices Rules, divided by topic, considered by the Forest Practices Biomass Work-Group:

Soil Health & Productivity
2011. Angima, Sam D. and Thomas A. Terry. “Best Management Practices for Maintaining Soil Productivity in the Douglas Fir Region.”

2010. Page-Dumroese, D. et. al. “Maintaining Soil Productivity during Forest or Biomass-to-Energy Thinning Harvests in the Western United States.” 

2010. Slesak, R.A. et. al. “Soil and Douglas-fir foliar nitrogen responses to variable logging-debris retention and competing vegetation control in the Pacific Northwest.”

2010. Slesak, R.A. et. al. “Soil Respiration and Carbon Responses to Logging Debris and Competing Vegetation.”

2011. Kimsey, M. et. al. “Assessing Bioenergy Harvest Risks: Geospatially Explicit Tools for Maintaining Soil Productivity in Western US Forests.”

2011. Reynolds, K.M. et. al. “Evaluating Soil Risks Associated with Severe Wildfire and Ground-based Logging.”

2008. Thompson, J. “Growing Trees Where Trees Grow Best: Short-term Research Sheds Light on Long-term Productivity.”

2007. Ares, A. et. al. “Biomass Removal, Soil Compaction, and Vegetation Control Effects on Five-Year Growth of Douglas-fir in Coastal Washington.

2007. Ares, A. et. al. “The Fall River Long-term Site Productivity Study in Coastal Washington: Site Characteristics, Methods, and Biomass and Carbon and Nitrogen Stores Before and After Harvest.”

2005. Powers, R.F. et. al. “The North American long-term soil productivity experiment: Findings from the first decade of research.”

2001. Perez-Batallon, P. et. al. “Initial mineralization of organic matter in a forest plantation soil following different logging residue management techniques.” 2001.

1997. Jurgensen, M.F. et. al. “Impacts of Timber Harvesting on Soil Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Productivity, and Health of Inland Northwest Forests.”

1997. Morris, D.M. et. al. “The use of soil organic matter as a criterion of the relative sustainability of forest management alternatives: a modeling approach using FORECAST.”


Water, Infiltration, Riparian Zones
2010. Elliot, W.J. “Cumulative Watershed Effects of Fuel Management in the Western United States.”

2010. Elliot, W.J. “Effects of Forest Biomass Use on Watershed Processes in the Western United States.”

2007. Cram, D.S. et. al. “Mechanical thinning impacts on runoff, infiltration, and sediment yield following fuel reduction treatments in a southwestern dry mixed conifer forest.”

2006. Devine, D.D. and C.A. Harrington. “Effects of Vegetation Control and Organic Matter Removal on Soil Water Content in a Young Douglas-fir Plantation.”


Fire Hazard & Fuel Reduction
2010. Reinhardt, E.D. et. al. “Effects of Biomass Removal Treatments on Stand-Level Fire Characteristics in Major Forest Types of the Northern Rocky Mountains.”

2010. Elliot, W.J. “Cumulative Watershed Effects of Fuel Management in the Western United States.”

2009. Youngblood, A. et. al. “Delayed conifer mortality after fuel reduction treatments: interactive effects of fuel, fire intensity, and bark beetles.”

2005. Peterson, D.L. et. al. “Forest Structure and Fire Hazard in Dry Forests of the Western United States.”

2003. Brown, J.K. et. al. “Course Woody Debris: Managing Benefits and Fire Hazard in the Recovering Forest.”

2000. Robichaud, P.R. “Fire effects on infiltration rates after prescribed fire in Northern Rocky Mountain forests, USA.


Disease
2005. Rippy, R.C. et. al. “Root Diseases in Coniferous Forests of the Inland West: Potential Implications of Fuel Treatments.”


Biodiversity & Wildlife
2011. Riffell, S. et. al. “Relationships Between Intensive Biomass Production and Biodiversity in North American Forests – A Literature Review.”

2006. Lindenmayer, D.B. et. al. “General management principles and a checklist of strategies to guide forest biodiversity conservation.”

2006. Pilliod, D.S. et. al. “Wildlife and Invertabrate Response to Fuel Reduction Treatments in Dry Coniferous Forests of the Western United States: A Synthesis.”

2002. Bunnell, F.L. et. al. “How Dead Trees Sustain Live Organisms in Western Forests.

2002. Marcot, B. “An Ecological Functional Basis for Managing Wood Decay Elements for Wildlife.”

Stump Harvesting for Biomass
2010. Walmsly, J.D. and D.L. Godbold. “Stump Harvesting for Bioenergy – A Review of the Environmental Impacts.”


Carbon Storage
2011. Gershenson, A. et. al. “Accounting for Carbon in Soils.”

2011. Slesak, R.A. et. al. “Initial Response of Soil Carbon and Nitrogen to Harvest Intensity and Competing Vegetation Control in Douglas-Fir Plantations in the Pacific Northwest.”

2010. Evans, A. and M. Ducey. “Carbon Accounting and Management of Lying Dead Wood.” 2010.

2010. Nave, L.E. et. al. “Harvest impacts on soil carbon storage in temperate forests.”

2010. Slesak, R.A. et. al. “Soil Respiration and Carbon Responses to Logging Debris and Competing Vegetation.”

2009. Bradford, J. et. al. “Detrital carbon pools in temperate forests: magnitude and potential for landscape-scale assessment.”

2005. Ares, A. et. al. “Pre- and Post-Harvest Stores of Carbon and Nitrogen in a Highly-Productive Forest Site Subjected to Increasing Biomass Removals in Coastal Washington.”

2001. Johnson, D.W. and P.S. Curtis. “Effects of forest management on soil C and N storage: meta analysis.”


Ecosystem Health
2010. Elliot, W.J. “Effects of Forest Biomass Use on Watershed Processes in the Western United States.”

2008. Oregon Department of Forestry. “Report: Environmental Effects of Forest Biomass Removal.”

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Brad Ack
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Washington Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1028
Fax 360-902-1775
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Dan Siemann
Executive Policy Advisor for Climate Adaptation & Energy
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