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Spring Poplar Willow Forum

National Working Forum: Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry

April 11-13, 2016

Portland, OR

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Willow being irrigated

Monday April 11

Opening Reception 5:30 to 7:30 PM


World Café or Cowbell Café


Evening Keynote(s)

Jud Isebrands Case Study on Poplar for Phytoremediation

Alistair McCracken ANSWER: Agricultural Need for Sustainable Willow Effluent Recycling


Tuesday April 12th

Session I 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Welcome: Patricia Townsend – Washington State University

Morning Keynote John Stark—Washington State University

Case study 1: Growing poplar for waste water and biosolids management in the Pacific Northwest—Todd Miller and Ken Windram (Patricia Townsend moderator)

Case study 2: Poplar Plantations for Water Sustainability in the Southeastern USA—Elizabeth Nichols, NC State (Brian Stanton moderator)

Break 10:00 to 10:30 AM

Discussion panel 1: Poplar and willow for phytoremediation and land reclamation (Jud Isebrands, Lee Newman, Louis A. Licht and Laura Brenner Kimes) (Leslie Boby moderator)

How can you make a business out of this?—Fresh Coast Capital

Session II 10:30AM to 12:00PM

LUNCH 12:00 to 1:00 PM)

Breakout Sessions 1:00 to 2:30 PM

Session A: Workshop – Poplar and willow for waste water management (Robert Simmons facilitator) Todd Miller, Ken Windram, and Janet Gillespie

Session B: Optimizing distributed biomass (Brian Stanton facilitator) Presenters needed?

Session C: Renewable energy and biodiversity (Patricia Townsend and/or Leslie Boby facilitator) Presenters needed?

Field trip 3:00 to 6:00/6:30 Woodburn, OR waste water treatment plant


Wednesday April 13th

Breakout session reports A, B and C 8:15 to 8:30

Session III 8:30 to 10:00

Case study 3: Willow for riparian buffers in the midwest — Cristina Negri at Argonne National Lab (Tim Volk moderator)

Discussion panel 2: Environmental policy and regulations and federal support – State officials OR, WA and others. Someone from outside PNW for this panel (Kevin Zobrist moderator) Also include USDA (who?), DOE and EPA.

Break 10:00 to 10:30

Breakout sessions 10:30 to 12:00

Session D: Regulatory strategies and solutions (Tim Volk facilitator) Presenters needed?

Session E: Discussion group – Poplar, willow, and other crops for riparian buffers (Patricia Townsend and/or Leslie Boby facilitator) Paul Cereghino, Cindy Dittbrenner, and Ken Moore

Session F: Discussion group – Energy and other markets for poplar and willow (Todd Miller facilitator)
Tom Platt and others?

Lunch 12:00 to 1:00

Breakout session reports D, E, and F 1:00 to 1:15

Session IV 1:15 to 2:15

Case Study 4: Poplar and willow for biochemicals and bioenergy (Kevin Zobrist moderator)
Willow – Tim Volk
Poplar – Patricia Townsend and Leslie Boby

Break 2:15 to 2:45

Session V 2:45 to 4:00

Discussion panel 3: Going forward with poplar and willow – AHB, CenUSA, IBSS, and NEWBio (Patricia Townsend moderator) Rick Gustafson, Ken Moore and Ann Kinzel, Tim Rials, and Tom Richards