Projects & Partnerships
This project is needed to guide development of sustainable community-scale forest bioenergy programs in NE Minnesota and to provide examples from the region to assist communities statewide considering similar projects. Locally produced, community-based renewable energy systems hold significant promise for increasing energy security, reducing carbon emissions, and contributing to local economies.
Collaborating with the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) in conjunction with the Cook County Board of Commissioners to explore the feasibility of community-based biomass energy production in Cook County, with an emphasis on understanding the short and long-term environmental, social, and economic impacts of utilizing woody biomass in this area. Research team lead by Dovetail Partners and including the University of Minnesota and local partners will explore the questions raised by the project and help inform the community's decision making process.
Given the location of Ely in northeastern Minnesota and the abundant forest resources in the region, there appear to be opportunities for improved utilization of woody biomass. Locally produced, community-based renewable energy systems hold significant promise for increasing energy security, reducing carbon emissions, and contributing to local economies. The main partners in this project are the City of Ely, its Alternative Energy Taskforce, Dovetail Partners, and the University of Minnesota. These partners will explore the questions raised by the project and help inform the community's decision making process.
A collaborative project with the Great Lakes Forest Alliance to encourage forest landowners to participate in new and emerging markets, including ecosystem markets. Funding for the project was provided by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, US Forest Service.
Working to identify potential market opportunities for forest-based carbon credits and other ecosystem services.