Wood Utilization Initiative

BEP’s Wood Utilization Initiative

The purpose of the program is to stimulate the growth of the wood industry in Nevada, focusing initially on Southern Nevada. The program will provide assistance to small businesses in utilizing woody biomass that is generated from forest and range land health treatments and from wood waste generated in urban settings. By expanding the existing regional utilization capacity and encouraging new businesses to take advantage of the woody biomass present in Nevada, a sustainable industry will evolve offering increased employment and environmental improvements to Nevada’s landscape.

What is woody biomass utilization?

The harvest, sale, offer, trade or utilization of woody biomass to produce bioenergy and the full range of biobased products including lumber, composites, paper and pulp, furniture, housing components, round wood, ethanol and other liquids, chemicals, and energy feedstocks are all elements of Woody Biomass utilization.

Photos of two woody biomass “harvest” operations


Sustainable woody biomass utilization restores resilience and productivity of our nations forests and wildlands, slows the pace of global climate change, reduces U.S. fossil fuel dependence, and creates economic opportunities.

USFS Woody Biomass Utilization Strategy Summary
September 2008


“Sustainable woody biomass utilization allows the use of resources without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is a tool we use to help care for the land and pass it on to future generations in better condition than we found it. Using woody biomass for renewable energy and biobased products also contributes to the Nation’s energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and provides opportunities for managing carbon.”

Abigail R. Kimbell, Chief
US Forest Service

Strategy Goals

The Four Strategy Goals of BEP’s Woody Biomass Program

Goal 1: Identify, inform and involve collaborative community

By using the wide range of communication tools available to the program, those Nevadans who are or will benefit from sustainable woody biomass utilization will be identified and involved–bringing to them information that will assist their efforts from such use.

Goal 2: Form “clusters” and engage efficient entrepreneurs

“Clusters” are collectively strong partnerships of diverse stakeholders located throughout Nevada including small businesses and entrepreneurs. These clusters are dedicated to maximizing the use of area resources to further local priorities and successful utilization of woody biomass.

Goal 3: Bring unique profit-adding products to local markets

Nevada was dealt a unique blend of soils, flora and fauna and the BEP program seeks to highlight the positive aspects of biomass products that can be created from that mix and find profitable markets within the state that reduce transportation costs while letting Nevada resources work for Nevada.

Goal 4: Introduce Best Management Practices and appropriately scaled technology to community-based enterprises.

By applying the appropriate forest engineering, wood science and technology and best business management practices to Nevada’s forests, rangelands and community-based woody biomass utilization businesses, predictable long term supplies of biomass will result and a sustainable wood utilization industry will be built.

Suggested “Link” Addition: Biochar Technical Paper

Nevada Pinyon Juniper Partnership
The goal of the Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Partnership is for the ecological risks to be addressed by landscape level restoration, with utilization of the resulting biomass as an additional beneficial outcome. Visit the partnership’s website to learn more about the projects:

Program Contact Information:
Dusty Moller, Wood Utilization Manager
Business Environmental Program
Small Business Development Center
University of Nevada–Reno
Email: Click Here: 702-866-5962
Cell: 702-275-9579

Las Vegas Office Address: 333 North Rancho Drive, Suite 420, Las Vegas, NV 89106