September 2020 Session

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
9:00am – 11:00am
Time Event

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Wood Pellet versus Pulp and Paper: State of Forest Resources in the U.S. South

Rajan Parajuli
Rajan Parajuli is an assistant professor and extension specialist in forest economics with Forestry Extension at NC State University. He received his Ph.D. in forest economics and policy, an M.S. in forest economics and management, and another M.S. in finance from Louisiana State University. Dr. Parajuli specializes in forest product market modeling, forest product trade and policy analysis, economic impact analysis, carbon and bioenergy markets, and forest finance

The industrial wood pellet industry in the Southern United States is continuously gaining ground in timber markets in recent years. The wood pellet production capacity in the U.S. South has increased more than fivefold from about 2 million tons in 2009 to 11.5 million tons per year in 2019. This talk will briefly discuss the current state of woody biomass uses and the competition between wood pellets and pulp and paper in the U.S. South.

Presentation Slides: Parajuli_bioenergy_markets

Biomass to Biofuels: Opportunities and challenges from a Wood-Products Perspective

William Frey
William Frey has held leadership positions at DuPont, Qteros, and Georgia-Pacific, and currently serves on the DOE/USDA Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee. For the past 20+ years, he has worked at the interface of Biotechnology and business development, leading innovation efforts in areas relating to bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials, with a focus on public / private partnerships as a means to accelerate technology development and commercialization. Dr. Frey received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University, and continued his studies as a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he held both American Cancer Society and NIH Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Implications and Considerations of Forest Management from a Conservation Perspective

Stuart Hale
Stuart Hale is the Central Appalachian Forest Manager at The Nature Conservancy. Previously he was Forest Management and Chain of Custody staff auditor at the Rainforest Alliance for the southeastern United States. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in forestry from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

  • Organization:Central Appalachian Forest Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Presentation Slides: Hale_Nature_Conservancy


  • Discussion and closing remarks


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Contact Information

  • Valerie Thomas Anderson-Interface Professor of Natural Systems -ISyE