Natural Resource Management

Biomass Utilization & Forest Products

The Nevada Division of Forestry Biomass Utilization Program consists of one full time state-wide Coordinator and three regional Resource Management Officers that assist the program, facilities and several pieces of equipment. It is NDF’s goal to maximize statewide utilization of woody biomass, generated as a product of fuel reduction and forest health project implementation.

 
 

Benefits of Biomass

Traditionally, biomass was used by wood based product markets, which have suffered due to the lack of dependable feedstock. Wood based industry has declined to the point of being almost non-existent and therefore outlets for woody material has driven forestry practices to find cheaper methods of woody material disposal, such as burning it in open piles or leaving it on site.

Benefits of the biomass program include: leveraging the value of wood products to increased number of project acres treated; reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire; improving forest and watershed health; reducing air pollution by minimizing the release of carbon and other chemicals found in smoke; development of biomass utilization opportunities for the private sector; increasing the potential for private sector use of forest products; and reducing project treatment costs to levels of economic viability.

 
 

Biomass & Forest Product Services

Program Goals

  • Identify and coordinate potential wood to energy projects.
  • Connect with private individuals interested in utilizing forest products.
  • Support existing wood based economies and look for opportunities for wood product businesses to help each other.
  • Seek and develop opportunities for small business development/expansion.

Available Biomass & Forest Products Equipment

  • Koller 300 cable yarder
  • Zig-zag yarder
  • F550 Ford Flatbed Utility Truck
  • CAT 297c tracked loader with log grapple, masticator, and transport trailer
  • 5 Roll-On / Roll-Off 40 yard bins and a Freightliner truck
  • 10 biochar kilns

Services & Products in Development

  • Compost, Mulch, Woodchips
  • Christmas Trees
  • Saw logs, fire wood
  • Biochar
  • Wood Pellets

Highlighted Projects

Northern Region
Ruby Lake Estates Project
In partnership with the United States Forest Service, Conservation Crews from Wells and Carlin began work on the Ruby Lake Estates project in October of 2020. Located on the Southeast side of the Ruby Mountains...
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Southern Region
Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment Project
This project improved sagebrush habitat and riparian health on approximately 300 acres by reducing the impact of encroaching conifers on sagebrush ecosystems...
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Statewide
NV Energy-SB 508 Initiative
This initiative will fund wildfire fuel reduction, wildfire suppression resources, and restoration/rehabilitation treatments across Nevada within or adjacent to NV Energy Service Areas...
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