Farms & Forest Biomass Management
Turning Wood Waste Into Cash Flow
Yosemite Clean Energy’s goal is to serve the agricultural and forest industries that own one of the greatest untapped renewable resources on the planet—waste wood. We see an entire network of farmer and forester owned energy plants built throughout the state and nation that will transform our rural economies into one of our nations primary sectors producing renewable zero emissions fuel. By joining with neighbors to build these energy plants, the local agricultural and forest enterprises will maximize their profit potential of the wood resource they now see as a liability.
Yosemite Clean Energy, can set up a meeting to review the potential farmer or forest landowner’s needs and annual biomass supply availability and can show the farmer the value of joining our independently owned co-ops.
Farmers in the California San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys have been increasingly struggling to deal with woody biomass waste disposal. The era of orchard removal and burning is nearly extinct. Today, farmers are paying to push and chip their orchard trees and then remove them or at times re-incorporate their wood chips into their fields. These solutions are not only costly, but when reincorporating wood chips additional outlay is required to add nitrogen fertilizer to break down the cellulose added to the soil. By participating in a Bio-energy Plant, growers will dedicate their expired orchard trees to their plant to be converted into renewable zero emission fuels and thus maximize the value of their waste wood. Yosemite Clean serves the agricultural economy by adding value from “stump to pump” for the benefit of the farm owners, the consumers and the environment.
California forests have had a catastrophic infestation of Western Pine Beetle, devastating wildfires, and over the past 100 years, deteriorating forest structure and ecosystem health. A strong and viable market for forest fuel hazards is available for bioenergy development.
There are over 25 million tons of biomass generated annually from thinning, logging residuals, and small diameter timber. Additionally, there are over 150 million estimated dead Ponderosa pines in the regions of the Southern and Northern Sierras, Northern Cascades, and North Coast mountain ranges of California. These significant woodlands can feed clean fuel production.
An estimated 40 percent of the approximately 10,000 bd ft. per acre removed biomass material are sawlogs, yielding over 50 tons/acre, which in turn can provide net revenues of over $5,000. However, in some geographies, this approach may not be economical. Yosemite Clean can analyze your forest land and provide an evaluation for landowners interested in becoming a co-op member.