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AHB Newsletter – Volume 5, No. 1 [Spring 2016]

Editor’s Notes

March greetings from the AHB team! We are busy getting ready for our upcoming National Poplar/Willow Forum April 11 – 13 in Portland, Oregon and look forward to having you join us! We are excited to bring experts from around the country and the globe to delve into the environmental benefits of both poplar and willow and their potential in the renewable fuels industry.

In this edition of AHB news, learn how people are being trained for increasing opportunities in the bioenergy workforce. New and expanded offerings in the Plant Operations program at Walla Walla Community College’s Ag Center of Excellence are providing rich educational and industry experience for first time and returning students.

Our industry partner GreenWood Resources recently sold the Boardman Poplar Farm in eastern Oregon. Find out how that development impacts purpose-grown poplar biomass farms for the AHB project and beyond.

Biodiesel anyone? Middle school students in Darrington, Washington recently learned how different types of energy effect their lives and what they can do to foster cleaner energy now and in the future.

Meet Brian Hartman! As a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, Brian combines his dedication to science education and engineering as he assists instructors learn how to best integrate both disciplines with students.

Mixed feelings about current gas prices? Find out what AHB team members think when they fill up at the pump!

Betsy Fradd
Washington State University Extension

Willow, like Poplar, can be grown for a variety of environmental and bioenergy purposes. Learn about them at the National Working Forum from April 11-13, 2016.

National Working Forum: Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry

April 11 – 13, Portland, Oregon Join stakeholders from across the nation to discuss, develop key action items, and make recommendations on how to move poplar and willow biomass from environmental plantings toward commercial use for bioenergy and biochemicals.
Students in the Plant Operations program at WWCC preparing food waste for composting with chipper.

Bioenergy Workforce:

A growing number of students recognize the value of instruction and hands-on experience to meet the needs of a growing bioproducts workforce. In the Plant Operations program at Walla Walla Community College students can earn certificates in Bioproducts, Biomass Feedstock Management, Plant Operations, and a transfer degree in Plant Operations.
Poplar trees growing at the Boardman Tree Farm in eastern Oregon.

Poplar Farm Sale Expected to Have Minimal Impact on AHB Project

GreenWood Resources recently completed the sale of the 25,000-acre Boardman Poplar Farm in eastern Oregon that it has managed over the past eight years on behalf of the owners of the GreenWood Tree Farm investment fund.
Students use balloons to learn about the carbon cycle.

Biodiesel Now and For the Future

For a group of middle school students in the small logging town of Darrington, Washington turning fry grease into biodiesel opened their minds to a much larger picture of energy consumption, jobs, and the future of their community.
Brian Hartman is a grad student at Oregon State University

Graduate Student Spotlight: Brian Hartman

Meet Brian Hartman, a doctoral candidate in the science education program at Oregon State University.
The AHB team came together at the UW Center of Urban Horticulture for the 2015 Annual Meetiing

What goes through your mind when you see gas so low at the pump?

Washington State University