AHB Newsletter – Volume 6, No. 1 [Spring 2017]

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Upcoming AHB Events

Wednesday Webinar: Cream of the Coppice – Hybrid Poplar Yields During the Establishment and Coppice Cycles
April 19, 2017
10:00-11:00 am

Poplar Harvest at Hayden
April 17 – 28

TREES Summit
April 25, 2017
Brightwater Center (Woodinville, WA)

Upcoming Conferences

Oregon’s Energy Future
April 18, 2017
Portland, OR

Waste to Wisdom Public Workshop: Forest Residues to Bioenergy and Bio-based Products
May 17, 2017
Sacramento, CA

 

IUFRO/SWST Conference
Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future

June 12-16, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia

Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW)
June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Agroforestry Conference for a Vibrant Future
June 27-29, 2017
Blacksburg, VA

tcbiomass2017
September 19-21, 2017
Chicago, IL

Editor’s Notes

For those in western WA and OR, it’s been a very wet winter. (Yes, even by PNW standards.) So, it’s fitting that two of the articles talk about water. And we are hosting an event on April 25 about poplar’s ability to improve water quality, among other benefits.

Do you know what happens to water you send down the drain? If you live in the Hayden, Idaho region, your wastewater might be irrigating poplar trees. Learn about the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board’s experience with poplars and AHB.

Poplar trees may not mind the extra rain, but it impacts harvest efficiency. Read about this year’s harvest in Jefferson, OR.

The Extension and Conversion teams joined forces to help high school students survive a zombie apocalypse, or at least to get them excited about renewable energy and biofuels.

Water is important, but so is soil! Meet Jessica Sarauer, a Ph.D. student at University of Idaho who is unearthing the mysteries of soil.

Where will you be on April 25th? We hope you’ll be at the TREES Summit in Woodinville, WA. We will be discussing how to turn the idea of growing poplars for bioenergy and ecosystems services into a reality for the PNW. If you’re interested but not registered, please contact me at noelle.hart@wsu.edu!

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the making of the video “The Story of AHB,” as well as AHB members past and present. The video reflects on how much the project accomplished in 5+ years of successful collaboration across a diversity of interests, as well as what the future might hold.

Wishing you a sunny spring,
Noelle Hart