Forest Bioenergy Conference

March 24, 2016 | Forsyth, GA

The Georgia Forestry Association and the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources will host the 2016 Forest Bioenergy Conference on March 24, 2016, at the Monroe County Conference Center in Forsyth, GA.

The Conference will focus on bringing together experts and leaders from the forest bioenergy sector to provide updates on the economic, regulatory and technological advances in the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain 5.5 pending Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits and 5.5 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) credits at the conference.

Schedule of Events

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7:30 AM – 8:15 AM



Coffee available

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM


  • Andres Villegas, President, Georgia Forestry Association
  • Dr. Dale Greene, Dean, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM



Steven Baxley, Research & Technology Principal Engineer, Southern Company

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM


Wood Pellets

David James, Sustainability Manager, Drax Biomass

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM


Combined Heat and Power

Joe Parsons, Wood Procurement Manager, Graphic Packaging International

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
What Could the Clean Power Plan Mean for Biomass Use in Georgia?

Karen Hays, Branch Chief, Air Protection Branch, Environmental Protection Division

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Environmentalist Concerns about Biomass Use

Robert Ramsay, President, Georgia Conservancy

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Break for Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Forest Industry Concerns about Clean Power and Biomass Potential

Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Logging Capacity – Is This Still an Issue?

Shawn Baker, Director of Forest Operations Research, Forisk Consulting

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Biomass Harvesting – What are the Limitations?

Dalia Abbas, Assistant Professor of Forest Certification & Sustainability, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
What is the Real Carbon Footprint of Wood Used for Energy?

Puneet Dwivedi, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Landowner Strategies for Exploiting Biomass Opportunities

Marshall Thomas, President, F&W Forestry Services, Inc. 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Wrap-Up and Adjourn by 4:30


You may register for the event online by clicking the button below. Seating is limited to 125 registrants. Cost for the event tickets are located below.

Early Bird Registration: $195.00

After March 11, 2016: $235.00

Register Here


Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available at the conference. Contact Marilou Myers at or 478-992-8110. for more information.

Exhibitor (only two spaces left): $475.00

Sponsorship: $150.00

Hotel Reservations

A room block for conference attendees has been reserved at the Comfort Suites and the Motel 6  in Forsyth, GA. The discounted rate is . Information for reservations is below.

Comfort Suites 
$75 plus tax plus tax per room
343 Harold G Clarke Parkway
Forsyth, GA 31029
Website →
(478) 994-9494
Reference “Georgia Forestry Association” when making your reservation. 

Motel 6
$55.40 per room
480 Holiday Circle
Forsyth, GA 31029
Website →
(478) 994-5691
Reference “Georgia Forestry Association” when making your reservation.