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Where Can We Grow Hybrid Poplar in the Pacific Northwest?

Hardwood Biofuels Webinar Series

Where Can We Grow Hybrid Poplar in the Pacific Northwest?

To develop a sustainable hybrid poplar biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), hundreds of thousands of acres of land will be needed to grow poplar as a short-rotation woody crop. Identifying areas where hybrid poplar will grow best in Washington, Oregon, N. California, N. Idaho, and W. Montana is the goal of our research as these locations will influence the placement of future biorefineries.

In this webinar, researchers from the University of Washington present the methodology and results of a poplar growing suitability study conducted using the GIS-based analytic hierarchy process. Nine factors were analyzed to determine suitability: growing season precipitation, temperature, and season length; soil texture and drainage, pH, salinity, and depth; water table depth; and slope. The results from the suitability analysis for growing poplar in the five state region summarize the number of acres in four suitability classes under management scenarios with and without irrigation from highly suitable to not suitable.   

What’s covered?

·         Environmental conditions hybrid poplar needs to grow.

·         Methodology and results of a suitability analysis for growing hybrid poplar.

·         How to access and use an online map service highlighting areas of the PNW where hybrid poplar grows best under different management scenarios.

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:00 – 11:00 am PST

Who should attend: Extension educators (ag and community development), potential landowners/growers, environmental scientists and professionals, ag and natural resource professionals, poplar and bioenergy researchers, and biomass producers.

Presenters: Luke Rogers and Andrew Cooke from the University of Washington

Sponsored by:  Washington State University with funding from Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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