August 26, 2016

In this Week's Pellet Wire:

Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) Host Arkansas #Seed2Sawmill Forestry Tour, Aug. 30 - Sept. 1

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (AR) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) will host the #Seed2Sawmill Tour on Aug. 30 in an effort to promote forest health and tout the economic benefits of forestry to the state of Arkansas.

Westerman, the only professional forester in Congress and the co-chair of both the House Biomass Caucus and the Working Forests Caucus, will lead the tour through counties in the Fourth Congressional District. In addition to an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Arkansas, Westerman holds a master's degree in forestry from Yale University.

"Trees are America's number one renewable resource. Healthy forests provide clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, and beautiful vistas," Westerman said. "But healthy forests don't just happen. A wide range of professionals from research scientists and foresters to technicians, loggers, machinery operators and the remaining 28,000 Arkansans employed in forestry and its related mills and processing facilities all play a key part in healthy forests in the Natural State."

"The timber industry generates over $3 billion a year for our state's economy and supports jobs for thousands of Arkansans. Its impact on our economy cannot be overstated," Boozman said. "That's why it is important that Congressman Westerman and I take this opportunity to visit our timber farms, mills, and factories to speak directly with those whose livelihoods are tied to the decisions we make in Washington. We need to hear from them about what Congress should be doing to help this important industry continue to thrive in Arkansas."

According to the Arkansas Forestry Association, 28,057 Arkansans are directly employed in the forestry and forest products industry with an average annual income of more than $49,000. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center reports an additional 41,755 indirect and induced jobs resulting from the forestry industry. The total economic impact of forestry to the state of Arkansas is $3.2 billion, the AFA reports, while the AFSC notes an additional $3.4 billion in indirect and induced economic impact.

During the forestry tour, Boozman and Westerman will explore forestry from the birth of a tree through its lifecycle, including its use in forest products such as paper and building materials, including wood pellets for electricity and heating. The tour will also feature proper forest management and the positive environmental impacts achieved through conservation efforts.

The tour will make the following stops from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1: Weyerhaeuser Nursery in Magnolia, Weyerhaeuser facility in Emerson, Watson Lumber in Mt. Holly, Maxwell Flooring in Monticello, Del-Tin in El Dorado, the U.S. Forest Service Experimental Forest in Crossett, pellet producer Fiber Resources, and Evergreen Packaging, both in Pine Bluff. 

Anyone interested in the tour is encouraged to use the #Seed2Sawmill hashtag to follow Boozman and Westerman on their tour of South Arkansas.

An op-ed written by Boozman and Westerman is available at

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Host an Event for Bioenergy Day 2016, Taking Place October 19

October 19, 2016, marks the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day! Many pellet fuels manufacturers are planning facility tours and other events to emphasize the many economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy to elected officials, customers, the media and other stakeholders.

We urge anyone interested in building ties to their communities to consider hosting a Bioenergy Day event, either on your own or jointly with other bioenergy businesses or supporters in your region.  There are many resources available to help you plan, including a Participation Guide on the Bioenergy Day website. Previous participants are also willing to share best practices, lessons learned, and other tips to ensure a smooth and successful event. 

Thanks to many sponsors, including the U.S. Forest Service, and participants, Bioenergy Day has grown each year. Organizations across the country have engaged their communities on bioenergy, earning dozens of media stories and helping more people understand bioenergy. State and local governments, elected officials, universities and businesses have all recognized bioenergy in its many forms. Biomass power, domestic and export pellets, biogas, anaerobic digesters, combined heat and power - all of these types of bioenergy are part of Bioenergy Day.

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September 26-28, 2016: Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Technology & Equipment Expo

October 11-13, 2016: Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo

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