Is there a possibility for a win-win situation for wildlife, the environment and bioenergy?

Recent and emerging science suggests that achieving biomass? production goals while also fulfilling conservation goals in not only possible, it is also in the best long-term interests of businesses and the public good. Ultimately, however, whether and to what degree bioenergy? fulfills this promise is dependent on what biomass is produced and how; what conversion technologies are utilized; how by-products are disposed; and demand of consumers. Research, demonstration projects, public programs and policy are essential elements in meeting the win-win challenge. To learn more, click on the links above.

View a video of Carol Williams on Identifying potential wildlife impacts of biomass production for bioenergy: future landscape scenarios in a case study of planned co-firing in Wisconsin

Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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Wisconsin Sustainable Planting and Harvest Guidelines for Non-forest Biomass? on Public and Private Lands (2011)


These Guidelines are an effort to encourage decision-making and land use practices that benefit farmers financially while protecting the state’s natural resources.

Perennial Herbaceous Biomass Production and Harvest in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains: Best Management Guidelines to Achieve Sustainability of Wildlife Resources (2013)


These Guidelines are provided by the National Wildlife Federation. These Best Management Guidelines were developed through a process involving an advisory group of natural resource professionals with expertise in agronomy, production aspects of energy crops, wildlife ecology and management, and native ecosystems. Although the guidelines are targeted for the Northern Great Plains, many of the general principles apply to Wisconsin.

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A visit to switchgrass? trial plots run by Iowa State University researchers; near Ames, IA. Photo by CL Williams, 2010.