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Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course! — NEW DATE: April 5-6, 2017 — State College, PA

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Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services New Short Course!  —   NEW DATE:  April 5-6, 2017   —   State College, PA

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This short course has been rescheduled for April 5-6, 2017. Offered by Penn State Extension in partnership with Penn State Biomass Energy Center and the NEWBio bioenergy consortium, Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy & Ecosystem Services will provide an in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale.

This short course will run on April 5 (1:00-4:30 pm) and April 6 (8:20 am-4:00 pm) at The Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. For more information and registration, please refer to the event website.

Though difficult to quantify in dollars, vegetative ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon storage, erosion and runoff prevention, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty provide extraordinary value to society. Perennial vegetation in the form of biomass crops that reach bioproduct and biofuel markets are becoming more of an option for farmers, landowners, and land managers. Many of these crops also exhibit conservation or site rehabilitation value in supplying these ecosystem services.  These plantings therefore introduce new opportunities for simultaneous economic and environmental benefits.

This short course provides an in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops, including grasses and short-rotation woody crops, in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale. Presentations, panels, and discussion sessions feature leading researchers, agency representatives, and industry professionals in the field.  The schedule also includes time for networking as well as a tour to nearby sites where perennial crops are being used for mine land reclamation, water quality improvement, wastewater treatment, and other applications.

Who should attend:

  • Agencies, consultants, and environmental engineers tasked with enhancing water quality, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and the reclamation of disturbed sites
  • Researchers investigating sustainable agriculture, ecosystem services, water treatment and quality, landscape design, and the bioeconomy
  • Farmers and land managers with interest in new crops and markets as well as BMPs
  • Policy professionals, government officials, and advocates

Register and find out more here.  Once the new dates are reflected on the online registration page, please proceed through the registration process at any time during the very generous enrollment period.  We hope to see you in April for this course!

 

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