NORTH FORK–National Bioenergy Day is to be celebrated in the exact center of California, our very own North Fork. The Watershed Research & Training Center, and Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council invite the public to see the development of the facility, hear and update, and take a tour to celebrate National Bioenergy Day on Wednesday, October 19th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Old Mill Site.
In 2016 the community attended the official groundbreaking for the innovative North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility. After years of roadblocks, catastrophic wildfires, and a pandemic , the Plant is back under construction and seeing great strides toward completion.
National Bioenergy Day
National Bioenergy Day is part of National Forest Products Week. Congress, through enactment of Public Law 86-753 (36 U.S.C. 123), as amend, has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of October each year as (October 16022, 2022) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. Forests. This week celebrates the role and impact of forests and wood as integral components to the nation’s environment, society and economy.
“Bioenergy” is use of any organic material, such as forest thinnings, residues, agricultural waste or urban wood waste, to generate heating, cooling and/or electricity. Many independent power producers across the United States and Canada produce electricity for the grid using bioenergy. Hospitals, college campuses, school districts and government buildings also use bioenergy for heat and electricity. Thousands of American homes and businesses have installed stoves and other appliances powered by wood pellets, reducing their heating costs. Working farms and other businesses with organic waste products recycle their “leftovers” to power or heat their facilities.
In addition to serving as a domestic energy source, bioenergy is responsible for sustaining tens of thousands of jobs, many of them in rural communities where they are most needed. Bioenergy’s many stakeholders work closely together to keep American forests healthy and put organic byproducts like forest trimmings, industry byproducts and agricultural residuals to good use.