Virtual Lecture: “Wood Bioenergy, Forest Supplies, and Timberland Ownership: What We Got Right (and Wrong)”

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Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
July 22, 2022
Location: 
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Public History, Social Sciences, Business History / Studies

Brooks Mendell, author of Wood for Bioenergy and founder of Forisk Consulting, will deliver a virtual talk “Wood Bioenergy, Forest Supplies and Timberland Ownership: What We Got Right (and Wrong)” as part of the Forest History Society’s Unprecedented Seasons virtual lecture series. The talk will be at 2 PM EDT on July 22, 2021, and will be streamed live on Zoom. The event is free but registration is required. 

In 2012, the Forest History Society published Wood for Bioenergy: Forests as a Resource for Biomass and Biofuels, coauthored by Mendell and Amanda Lang. In this presentation, Mendell will revisit the historical context and assumptions associated with wood bioenergy projects and policies, forest supplies and timberland ownership in the United States over the past several decades. His analysis addresses our general ability in forestry to assess future conditions by comparing what we thought would happen in forest industry markets with respect to wood use for energy as compared to the current reality. In addition, he draws on examples for the evolution of forest supplies and timberland ownership in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

Dr. Brooks Mendell, President and CEO of Forisk, has three decades of consulting, operating, and research experience in the forest, wood bioenergy and timber industries. This includes roles in operations with Weyerhaeuser, in management consulting with Accenture, and as a faculty member in forestry and finance at the University of Georgia. A Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, his forestry-related books include Loving Trees is Not Enough, Forest Finance Simplified, and Aunt Fanny Learns Forestry. In addition to Wood for Bioenergy: Forests as a Resource for Biomass and Biofuels, for the Forest History Society he published the article “From Cigar Tax to Timberland Trusts: A Short History of Timber REITs and TIMOs” in Forest History Today

Contact Info: 

James G. Lewis