Regional Bio-Energy Workshop April 23

OKANOGAN – Mark your calendars! Washington State University Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension will be hosting a Regional Bio-Energy Workshop at the CCT Energy Department Headquarters at the old Armory in Okanogan on Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., call (509) 634-2304 to register.

This event will bring experts together to update participants on potential for creating energy alternatives and educate the community on national, statewide and local region situations and possibilities, as well as answering questions.

Presenters from WSU, University of Idaho, Colville Confederated Tribes, United States Department of Agriculture Land and Water Agency and energy industry leaders will provide the latest information on bio-fuel and bio-energy efforts from researchers and industry experts. Topics include: “Selling Carbon Credits” presented by Dave Baumgartner, WSU; “Boards and Bioenergy: A Back to the Future Solution for Modern Problems in Biomass Utilization” presented by Jay O’Laughlin, Ph.D., UI; “Canola Production” presented by Dennis Roe and Frank Young, Ph.D., USDA; “Overview of Local Biodiesel Production” presented by Phil Linden, WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension and “Colville Confederated Tribes Energy Update” presented by Ernie Clark, CCT Energy Department Director.

With continued volatility in the energy markets and the challenges posed by the current economy, communities are going to be looking for solutions for their energy needs and economic diversity to strengthen local markets. Eastern Washington could play a pivotal role in the state’s liquid fuel alternatives; forest and farms will be relied upon to offset increasingly unstable fuel markets. An acre of canola can produce up to 150 gallons of bio-diesel and one tone of slash has the energy equivalent to a barrel of oil. Learn from the experts what can be done to secure our communities’ energy future.

This event will begin at 9 a.m. sharp on April 23; the doors open at 8:30 a.m. for sign-in. CCT Energy Headquarters is located at 71 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan. Lunch will be provided for those who register before Tuesday, April 20. There is no charge for this event and all are welcome. Please call the Colville Reservation Extension Office at (509) 634-2304 for more information or to register.

Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may contact WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension at 9 Methow St. Nespelem (509) 634-2304 or at least five days before the program.