Woody biomass is defined as the by-product of forest management, restoration, and hazardous fuel reduction treatments, as well as the product of natural disasters, including trees and woody plants (limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other woody parts, grown in a forest, woodland, rangeland, or urban/community environment). 

The volume of woody biomass generated through these forest management and wildfire mitigation treatments can sometimes hamper the ability to perform these mitigation efforts. This resulting "liability biomass" impacts the efficiency and effectiveness of this mitigation work, especially when this work occurs at an increased pace and scale. This work is important as these treatments are conducted for various reasons, including the reduction of risk and mitigation of the wildfire hazard.

 

Woody Biomass Research

Larimer County has partnered with a consulting organization to research the challenges with liability biomass and to produce a report that provides a nuanced understanding of the challenge locally, identifies potential solutions and offers an actionable strategy for local implementation in Larimer County moving forward.

Throughout the duration of the project we will measure and evaluate the County’s liability biomass, utilizing a comprehensive evaluation framework.

This project is anticipated to last seven to nine months. Beginning in April 2024, our aim is to complete a detailed report with identified action strategies before the end of 2024.

View the project kick-off presentation.

Evaluation Framework

 

Stakeholder Engagement

To complete this work, we will be engaging with stakeholders from local and statewide forestry, fire planning, biomass management, and workforce & economic development initiatives. In addition to hearing from industry partners, woody biomass processors, and our local community members. Each person has an important role in understanding the ecosystem and building solutions to further the County’s goals to support: wildfire mitigation, climate resilience, and the ability of our natural systems to store carbon.

Stakeholders

Connect With Us

If you are a private organization, government partner, non-profit, community group, or other that would like to be part of the conversation - join our project stakeholders list for project communications by completing this form.

Our team will be releasing monthly project updates beginning June 2024.

Point of Contact

If you have questions about the woody biomass strategy project, please contact:
Josh Roberts at josh.roberts@larimer.gov