Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
Master of Science in Forestry (MS)
Administrative Home Department
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Robert E. Froese
Committee Member 1
Nan C. Pond
Committee Member 2
Matthew C. Kelly
Woody biomass for use as coal-replacing bioenergy has garnered increasing interest as federal and local governments require larger portions of energy production to come from renewable sources. Woody biomass can be produced from dedicated plantations grown and harvested solely for biomass production, or non-dedicated sources such as harvest residues from traditional timber operations. The creation of site index curves for hybrid poplar were established from the Michigan Technological University Hybrid Poplar Network in the upper Great Lakes Region. These site index models are to be used for landowners to assess the predicted yield at established plantations, or possibly within spatial models to assess production across the region. Research was also conducted to assess the efficacy of biomass creation within traditional timber production techniques by utilizing non-merchantable material from jack pine (Pinus banksiana) plantations currently planted and utilized for breeding habitat by the Kirtland’s warbler (KW) (Setophaga kirlandii).
Baker Lehner, Ashlee, "ASSESSING GROWTH, YIELD, AND CARBON DYNAMICS IN UPPER GREAT LAKES JACK PINE AND HYBRID POPLAR MANAGED FOR BIOMASS PRODUCTION", Open Access Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2017.