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The Willow Biomass Program

  • Shrub willow biomass crops

  • Planting a willow crop

  • One-year-old willow plants in spring

  • Willow stems

  • Three-year-old willow

  • Student research

  • Three-year-old willow at harvest

  • Harvesting a willow crop

  • Unloading willow chips

  • Willow demonstration on National Bioenergy Day

  • Willow chips mixed with forest chips at ReEnergy biopower facility

  • Willow nesting habitat

  • Willow flower

  • Mature willow crops in winter

  • A willow living snow fence

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 SUNY-ESF since 1986. Shrub willow is a short rotation woody crop that produces large amounts of hardwood biomass (4-5 dry tons/acre/year). Willow is planted once and 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 nearly 1200 acres of land in New York State and is being supported by the USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Click on the links below and at the top of the screen for more information!

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