Location

Logan, UT

Event Website

http://restoringthewest.org/

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Abstract

Eastern Redcedar which covers millions of acres in the mid section of the continental US, shares common management, harvesting and utilization challenges as the Utah Juniper. Southern Utah Biomass, a loosely knit organization of private individuals and government personnel has come together to promote development of harvesting and utilization of Pinyon and Juniper. In the last 12 months, two field days have been hosted in Southern Utah. Over $4.5 million in equipment has been brought out to demonstrate and exhibit. People from 18 states, Washington DC, Canada and China have attended these field days.

A direct result that attention from the first field day brought has been the ongoing equipment trials summer of 2011. Dr. Bob Rummer an equipment researcher with the Forest Service initiated a grant proposal that was funded to run in the field trials on Pinyon/Juniper harvesting. Equipment from Canada, Ohio, Oregon, Kansas and Utah have participated in the just completed equipment trials which were funded by a grant received by the Forest Service.

Traditional equipment for harvesting and utilizing is geared to much larger, higher volume stands of forest. Junipers are notorious for their uncharacteristically bushy formation. Pinyons, although a pine, are much smaller and higher branch to stem ratio. Equipment that has been used has either been modified from large timber equipment or equipment that was used for private small scale acreage type harvesting. Currently, there is strong interest in not only the utilization of Pinyon/Juniper but as seen by the two field days and equipment trials, equipment harvesting companies are making the effort to research and develop equipment specifically designed for these type trees. There is a strong interest bringing both individuals and corporations to Utah to be involved.

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Oct 19th, 12:00 AM

What Works for Biomass Harvesting in Pinyon Juniper

Logan, UT

Eastern Redcedar which covers millions of acres in the mid section of the continental US, shares common management, harvesting and utilization challenges as the Utah Juniper. Southern Utah Biomass, a loosely knit organization of private individuals and government personnel has come together to promote development of harvesting and utilization of Pinyon and Juniper. In the last 12 months, two field days have been hosted in Southern Utah. Over $4.5 million in equipment has been brought out to demonstrate and exhibit. People from 18 states, Washington DC, Canada and China have attended these field days.

A direct result that attention from the first field day brought has been the ongoing equipment trials summer of 2011. Dr. Bob Rummer an equipment researcher with the Forest Service initiated a grant proposal that was funded to run in the field trials on Pinyon/Juniper harvesting. Equipment from Canada, Ohio, Oregon, Kansas and Utah have participated in the just completed equipment trials which were funded by a grant received by the Forest Service.

Traditional equipment for harvesting and utilizing is geared to much larger, higher volume stands of forest. Junipers are notorious for their uncharacteristically bushy formation. Pinyons, although a pine, are much smaller and higher branch to stem ratio. Equipment that has been used has either been modified from large timber equipment or equipment that was used for private small scale acreage type harvesting. Currently, there is strong interest in not only the utilization of Pinyon/Juniper but as seen by the two field days and equipment trials, equipment harvesting companies are making the effort to research and develop equipment specifically designed for these type trees. There is a strong interest bringing both individuals and corporations to Utah to be involved.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/rtw/2011/Plenary2/2