Creating jobs and new sources of income in rural areas
Reducing energy dependence on fossil fuel
Ecological Restoration of range and pastures
Creating markets for low value, conventionally non-commercial, trees and tree species (Eastern red cedar)
Creating more productive, healthier forests and revitalized rural communities
Approach and Effort
ØAre you planning on upgrading or replacing your existing system?
ØWould you consider using wood as an alternative fuel?
ØThe Kansas Forest Service, Kansas State University may be of any assistance? The Wood Energy Assessment Document can assist you in getting started.
Financial Resource for Developing Wood Fuels
For More Information on the Kansas Wood Fuels Initiative contact: Sabina Dhungana
A series of curriculum tools and resources have been created for Extension Educators to help them better support communities and clients interested in expanding the development of renewable energy. Developed by Extension Educators across the North Central United States, the curriculum can be accessed and utilized by Extension Educators who are working with community coalitions or groups interested in energy development.
Our introductory series contains four modules that present core topics and key concepts surrounding bioenergy generation and environmental sustainability. Further exploration is given to bioenergy crop production and harvesting, water resource issues and opportunities, and community economic development.
BIOEN1: Introduction to Bioenergy
Unit 1 – Background
Unit 2 – Bioenergy Products, Feedstocks, Co-Products & By-Products
Unit 3 – Economic, Social & Environmental Impacts of Bioenergy
Unit 4 – Challenges & Barriers to Bioenergy Development
Unit 5 – Important Sources of Information
BIOEN2: Bioenergy Crop Production & Harvesting
Unit 1 – Analyzing the Economics of Bioenergy Crop Production
Unit 2 – Bioenergy Crop Production: A crop by crop analysis
Unit 3 – Best Management Practices on Agricultural Land for Soil & Water Conservation
BIOEN3: Water Resources: Issues & Opportunities
Unit 1 – Introduction
Unit 2 – Watershed Level Impacts: Managing conversion to bioenergy crops
Unit 3 – Bioenergy Crop Impacts on Water Quality & Quantity
Unit 4 – Policy Options & Implications
BIOEN4: Community Economic Development
Unit 1 – Community Preparedness: Understanding the issues & opportunities associated with bioenergy development
Unit 2 – Case Study Analysis
Unit 3 – The Educator’s Role as Facilitator: Asking the right questions
Unit 4 – Community Economic Development Issues
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