Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Partnership Proposed Demonstration Project

Resource Concepts, Inc. was a key organizer and presenter at the Pinyon-Juniper Restoration and Utilization Summit held December 8-9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Summit was attended by nearly 175 people.  Attendees were engaged in creating a proposal for a demonstration project for pinyon-juniper treatment in eastern Nevada.

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Harris Sherman, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Director Bob Abbey, commended conference participants for innovative thinking in regard to land stewardship and energy independence.

RCI was retained by the Pinyon-Juniper Partnership to identify two items:

  1. A Pinyon-Juniper Demonstration Area where landscape level restoration of expanding and over mature woodlands is needed to establish healthy and resilient ecosystems within both the sage steppe and pinyon-juniper (PJ) woodland ecological sites; and
  2. Potential commercial or industrial scale utilization types that may be viable using PJ biomass generated by the needed restoration treatments that could help to lower the treatment costs of such restoration.

To begin addressing these two items and the possible interaction between the two, RCI developed a series of White Papers that discuss:

  1. The process used by RCI to identify a Pinyon-Juniper Demonstration Area based on the restoration needs at a landscape level, agency planning and readiness, and the potential to maximize partnerships and funding sources;
  2. The biomass that may be generated from restoration treatments that could potentially be available for utilization;
  3. The potential for a known biomass technology, a combined heat and power facility, to operate within the Demonstration Area based on restoration project-generated biomass;
  4. The potential economic impacts of such a facility; and
  5. Other potential and emerging forms of commercial / industrial utilization that could utilize PJ biomass.

The purpose of these white papers is to inform and encourage discussions of implementing needed pinyon-juniper restoration, developing and building upon existing partnerships to accomplish restoration, and exploring the potential for utilizing biomass generated from such treatments to enhance and lower the cost to the landowner.  These documents should not be viewed as an endpoint, but rather a starting point for encouraging development of a top-flight demonstration project and process to address a major restoration need.

The white papers are available for download here.

Full white papers (PDF file, 6.5MB)