Field day to demonstrate biomass equipment

Sep 24, 2010
by WLJ

All individuals interested in converting Utah junipers, pinyon pines, and other woody biomass into a usable product should mark their calendars for Oct. 18, 2010. The equipment demonstrations will provide landowners, contractors, agency personnel and biomass purchasers the opportunity to view the material as it is changed into a transportable product.

The Southern Utah Woody Biomass Field Day in Beaver, UT, will feature demonstrations of different types of biomass harvesters, grinders, chippers, and other equipment by over six vendors (see website below for updates).

Viewing will begin at 8 a.m. and demonstrations will follow at 9 a.m.

Contractors, landowners, and public land managers have long complained about the waste involved with removing invasive woody plants from grasslands or thinning trees from overcrowded forests. Traditionally, this “slash” has been burned, scattered or chipped on location.

“The idea stemmed from our stewardship project in southern Utah where part of the goal is not to just thin the trees, but also do something with the woody product,” said Lindbloom.

Lindbloom said that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in his area is really enthusiastic about promoting any type of bioenergy or biomass. “They would like to see something good come out of the product, and help the BLM do more projects.”

The products to be processed during the demonstration are Utah junipers and pinyon pines. For this project, whole trees (typically between 8 and 16 inches in diameter) are sheared (cut) at root collar and moved to a landing site where the tree can be processed into chips. Soil and rocks are left on the site and not made part of the final product, thus a “clean” product is created.

For directions and further information, view the following website: — WLJ