05/20/2011 Archived Entry: "CAER participates in Biomass Conference"
On April 20th, CAER staff members participated in a Reforestation & Biomass Opportunities on Former Surface Mine Lands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The event was sponsored by the Letcher County Soil Conservation District through a US EPA brownfields grant. Scientist, Dr. Darrell Taulbee discussed biomass pelletizing research results. Mr. Greg Copley, the Eastern KY Regional Energy Coordinator, discussed potential economic development opportunities from biomass to energy projects and highlighted the UK College of Agriculture Pike County, KY biomass crop study. The goal of the event was to increase awareness and knowledge of reforestation and biomass opportunities among the public, landowners, coal companies, local and state governments, and the science community in and around Letcher County and Central Appalachia, working toward a common goal of sustainable development of former surface mine lands.
Copley led a site visit to the UK Pike County Biomass Research Project Bent Mountain sites the following day. Both the UK College of Ag/CAER project site and the native hardwood reintroduction project conducted by the UK Forestry Dept. and Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative were visited. Participants included the Energy and Environment Cabinet Divisions of Biofuels and Compliance Assistance, US EPA, Moore Ventures, and conference contractors AMEC.
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