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Forum Agenda Overview

April 11th
Monday evening

4:30 to 7:30 PM

Registration 4:30
Reception 5:00
Working Tables: Poplar and Willow Roadmap. We will discuss the environmental benefits of poplar and willow, their potential for bioenergy, barriers to commercialization, and potential solutions.
Dinner 6:00
Evening keynote: Overview of Environmental Applications of Poplar and Willow: Future Opportunities and ChallengesJud Isebrands, co-editor of the book Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the Environment

April 12th

Session I 8:15 to 10:00
Welcome: Patricia Townsend
Morning keynote: Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next EconomyJoe Whitworth, President of the Freshwater Trust
Case Study 1: Growing Poplar for Reuse Water and Biosolids Management in the Pacific NorthwestTodd Miller and Ken Windram (Patricia Townsend, facilitator)
Case Study 2: Poplar Plantations for Water Sustainability in the Southeastern USAElizabeth Nichols (Leslie Boby, facilitator)

Break 10:00 to 10:30

Session II 10:30 to 11:45
Discussion Panel 1: Poplars and Willows for Phytoremediation and Land Reclamation (Brian Stanton, facilitator)
Phytoremediation: A Reality CheckJud Isebrands
Scaling Hybrid Poplar Working Landscapes for Phytoremediation and InfrastructureLaura Brenner Kimes
Phytoremediation: Criteria for Successful Designs and Long-term OperationLouis Licht
Poplar Phytoremediation Study at an Abandoned Oil Refinery Site in Northwestern New MexicoMick O’Neil

Lunch 11:45 to 12:45

Breakout sessions 12:45 to 2:30
Session A: Workshop – Poplar and Willow for Wastewater Management (Bob Simmons, facilitator)
The What, Where and How of Contaminant Removal in Poplar Plantations – Bob Simmons
Tertiary Year-Round Wastewater Treatment for Small Communities – Looking ForwardLouis Licht
Optimizing Poplar Water and Nutrient Use for Water Quality BenefitsJason Smesrud
Woodburn Oregon’s Poplar and Wastewater Management Experience – Curtis Stultz

Session B: Discussion Group – Supply Chain Optimization for a Distributed Feedstock Resource (Brian Stanton, facilitator)
Supply Chain OptimizationPeter Tittman
Pulp and Paper Raw Material Transportation Logistics – Bruce Summers
Dedicated Hybrid Poplar Plantations as a Critical Component of the Supply Chain of Pacific Northwest RefineriesRich Shuren
Supply Costs and Their Impact on Biorefinery Siting and SizingNathan Parker

Field trip 3:00 to 6:00 Woodburn, OR Wastewater Treatment Plant

April 13th

Session III 8:15 to 9:30
Morning keynote: Sustainable Wastewater Management Coppice Willow Energy PlantationsChris Johnston, Project Leader at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Ireland
Case study 3: Changing the Bioenergy Equation with Willow Buffers in the Agricultural MidwestColleen Zumpf (Tim Volk, facilitator)

Break 9:30 to 10:00

Session IV 10:00 to 11:00
Discussion Panel 2: Environmental Policy and Regulations and Government Support (Tim Volk, facilitator)
Paul Kennedy, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Michael Shell, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Chris Edwards, Oregon State Senator
Chris Cassidy, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Daniel Cassidy, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Breakout sessions 11:00 to 12:30
Session C: Discussion Group – Expanding the Bioenergy Paradigm: Certification and Multi-Use Options (Patricia Townsend and Leslie Boby facilitators)
Woody Biomass and Certification Programs – Andrew Rodstrom
Can Future US Bioenergy Production Coexist with Avian Biodiversity?Yetta Jager
Working Buffers in Snohomish County: A Model for Improving Ecological Function and Providing a Variety of Harvestable Products Along a Riparian BufferCarrie Brausieck
Building Bioenergy Opportunities Through Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Chesapeake Bay RegionMike Jacobson

Session D: Discussion Group – Energy and Other Markets for Poplar and Willow (Todd Miller, facilitator)
Tim Eggeman, ZeaChem
Tom Platt, Missoula Hybrid Energy
Mark Vander Meer, Watershed Consulting LLC
Sarah Wurzbacher, NEWBio and Penn State University

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Breakout Session Reports A, B, C, and D 1:30 to 2:00

Session V 2:00 to 2:45
Case Study 4: Poplar and Willow for Biochemicals and Bioenergy (Sarah Wurzbacher, facilitator)
Building a Roadmap for the Dual Benefits of Poplar: Updates from AHB and IBSS –  Patricia Townsend and Leslie Boby
Development and Implementation of an Alternative Vegetative Cover System Using Shrub Willows in Central, NYTim Volk

Break 2:45 to 3:15

Session VI 3:15 to 4:30
Discussion Panel 3: Going Forward with Poplar, Willow, and other Bioenergy Crops – AHB, CenUSA, IBSS, and NEWBio (Patricia Townsend, facilitator)
Rick Gustafson, AHB
Anne Kinzel, CenUSA
Tim Rials, IBSS
Tim Volk, NEWBio