Nov. 14: First poplar bioenergy crop to be harvested

Harvester-at-Pilchuck-Nov-100STANWOOD, Wash. – Researchers, bioenergy staff and extension professionals will conduct the initial poplar-for-bioenergy harvest in Snohomish County noon-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Pilchuck demonstration site.

The event is sponsored by Washington State University Extension. For directions, contact Nora Haider at or 425-741-9962.

The harvester at the Pilchuck demonstration site this month.

The poplars, planted in spring 2013, are known for fast growth and ease of conversion into acetic acid and renewable transportation fuels. The trees are the focus of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest project.

Featured at the site will be a Case New Holland forage harvester with a specialized header to cut and chip the trees. In the spring, the trees will resprout and be ready for harvesting again in two to three years.

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is a consortium of university and industry partners led by the University of Washington that is working to prepare Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and northern California for sustainable hardwood biochemical and biofuel industries. Learn more at



Betsy Fradd, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest,, 253-241-5043