Spatial patterns of forest values for bioenergy production in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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There is a growing interest in the development of forest-based bioenergy industries in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Potential bioenergy production may include cellulosic ethanol and bio-oil for transportation fuels, and wood pellets and chips for heat energy. In order for these bioenergy industries to develop sustainably, areas across the landscape with importance to stakeholders for social, cultural, environmental, and economic values must be idnetified and incorporated into a broad, bottom-up sustainability assessment. This project will use a participatory mapping method to identify and evaluate the characteristics of important landscape areas to a variety of stakeholder groups in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This information will help assure that stakeholders' interests and needs help to guide the development of bioenergy industries.

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Publisher's version of record: http://www.ialeworldcongress.org/

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International Association for Landscape Ecology