Working Forests Action Network

Please pass the biofuel.

We should all get used to liking leftovers. No, we don’t mean bits of turkey and trimmings from holiday feasting, but the scraps from sustainable timber harvesting operations that are part of a renewable biofuel supply chain that many believe will revolutionize the jet airline industry.

Just last week, the first cross-country commercial flight run partly from wood-derived biofuel – a Boeing 737-800 flown by Alaska Airlines – cruised from Seattle to Washington, D.C. 

Washington state sits at the nexus of this innovation, a collaboration of in-state companies and universities, Native American tribes, state government, and private forest landowners.  From the Seattle Times

Click the image for more info on the Alaska Airlines blog about the collaboration on biofuel.
An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on Monday morning was powered with a jet-fuel blend containing 20 percent renewable biofuel made from Pacific Northwest forest residuals — the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests.

Billed as the first commercial flight running partly on wood, the alternative jet fuel was produced through the research efforts of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). Led by Washington State University, the group aims to build a sustainable supply chain for aviation biofuel using the leavings from logging operations.

The wood came from Washington, Oregon and Montana, including forests managed by Weyerhaeuser, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes.

Biofuels company Gevo used patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol at a fermentation facility in St. Joseph, Mo., then further converted that at its biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas.
Add this to the long list of very good things that are made possible because of support for responsibly managed working forests.  


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