Biofuels & Wildlife

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Biofuels and Wildlife

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

View the recording here: https://youtu.be/yPsagpT1bKY

Ensuring adequate wildlife habitat and habitat connectivity are important sustainability requirements for bioenergy feedstock production systems. Diverse habitats and connectivity support wildlife and species richness. Perennial bioenergy crops, such as short-rotation poplar trees, have potential to increase biodiversity in the agriculture landscape by providing areas of shelter and cover to wildlife.

In this special Earth Day webinar, we are brought together researchers from across the United States to present information on biodiversity in bioenergy feedstock production systems. Brian Moser of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Institute discussed changes in biodiversity at four poplar study sites in the Pacific Northwest. Robert Fletcher from the University of Florida contrasted forest and agriculture feedstock’s effects on wildlife in the Southeastern United States.