Energy Strategy: perform a resource and lifecycle assessment to evaluate biomass resources, develop sustainable practices, and determine the capacity for regional biomass expansion and adoption. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), NYSDEC, Cornell University, and others have made progress towards a biomass inventory and assessment for the state, but more research still needs to be done. In order for the North Country to retain the ecological integrity of its extensive forested lands while making a transition to the use of biomass as a primary stationary fuel source, a set of guidelines must be created for the use of biomass resources. Additional studies needed include those on anticipated biomass use, forest capacity, and job creation and training for the forestry industry.
Also needed is a complete lifecycle analysis of wood as a renewable fuel. A complete analysis including the energy costs of harvesting, processing, and delivery, the additional capital costs of wood based heating systems to show how much greenhouse gas emissions are saved through the use of renewable wood fuels will create a mechanism to influence policy and decision-making across the entire Northern Forest area Clarkson University, in partnership with other research organizations in the region, has proposed to develop this analysis.
The following projects that serve this strategy are described under Working Landscapes: • Encourage Ongoing Research at each of the 10 Higher Education Institutions • Create Woody Biomass Learning Centers at Representative Locations • Woodshed Planning Tool 76
North Country Region Sustainability Plan