The Willow Project at SUNY-ESF
Driven by the challenges of rural development, energy independence and environmental sustainability, research on willow biomass crops for renewable energy and environmental applications has been ongoing at ESF since 1986.
- USDA Biomas Crop Assistance Program Annual Report 2015
- Safety and Health Management Planning for Biomass Producers
The Willow Project
About Shrub Willow
Shrub willow is a short-rotation woody crop that produces large amounts of harvestable biomass at a rate of about four to five dry tons per acre each year.
- Willow can be grown on idle or marginal lands, stimulating rural development while also producing numerous environmental benefits.
- Willow is a climate-neutral renewable energy source that does not increase greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.
- Willow can reduce soil erosion, mitigate water pollution, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, limit the use of fertilizers and herbicides, and be used for bioremediation applications such as vegetative landfill covers and treatment of organic wastes.
Shrub willow also has many other environmentally-friendly applications such as living snow fences and stream bank stabilization. One willow biomass planting can be harvested up to seven times on a three- or four-year rotation cycle with limited maintenance between harvests once the crop is established. ESF has teamed up with more than 20 universities, commercial partners and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada to conduct research and facilitate the commercialization of willow biomass crops. Commercial willow production is now happening on over 1100 acres of land in New York State and is being supported by the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Please click on the links below and at the top of the screen for more information!
- Telephone: 315.470.6775
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Willow Harvesting Updates
- Northeast Bioenergy Blog - 12/22/15
- What about Willow?
- Progressive Farmer - 12/11/15
- Growing willow biomass in New York
- Country Folks - 10/15/15
- ESF helps set Guinness World Record
- The Daily Orange - 10/12/15
- ESF and Alfred State receive grant for Biorefineries Center
- Biomass Magazine - 9/23/15
- Alternative Energy: Willow for Fuel
- Lancaster Farming - 09/12/15
- New Holland and ESF Partner on Biomass Research
- Biomass Magazine - 07/23/15
- Harvesting Technologies Making Biofuels More Competitive
- US Department of Energy - 03/17/15
- Dangerously Smart Farm Boys
- Biomass Magazine - 01/30/15
- $3 Million Grant Supports Bioenergy Development
- SUNY-ESF - 12/15/14
- Assisting bioenergy farmers using new technology
- Willow and Poplar News - 12/10/2014
- Fort Drum powered wood-burning power plant in renewable energy push
- The Associated Press - 11/23/14
- Students learn about willow biomass and bioenergy on National Bioenergy Day
- Watertown Daily Times - 10/23/2014