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Woody bio-mass utilization and harvesting guidelines will be some of the topics covered at an upcoming bio-mass workshop on March 26 in Ponsford.

Bio-mass workshop March 26 in Ponsford

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A woody bio-mass workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford.

With the renewed interest in alternative and wood energy there is a lot of talk about bio-mass. However, even among natural resource professionals, there is a lot we don't know about bio-mass and its' potential.

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The objective of the Ponsford workshop is to provide landowners, natural resource professionals, loggers, entrepreneurs, the business and manufacturing community, community leaders and interested citizens with a basic knowledge of where the biomass industry is now, realistic expectations, and the steps needed to create a sustainable biomass resource for the future.

Topics for the workshop include bio-mass utilization, harvest guidelines and marketing opportunities. Kerry Nixon from the Central Minnesota Ethanol Coop in Little Falls will discuss their work with cellulose based energy production.

The program is sponsored by the White Earth Natural Resources Department, White Earth Tribal Conservation District, Becker Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Conservation and Development Councils for Gizibbii Onanogozie and WesMin, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota Extension Service and other organizations.

Cost of the workshop is $10. For registration information, Contact Lita Doran from the White Earth Natural Resources Department at 218-573-3007.

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