This project is designed to improve the biomass energy available by promoting forest sustainability. By planting more trees that have a fast growing rate, a more sustainable forest can be obtained. This technique should be able to be applied to a variety of locations all throughout the interior down into south central Alaska. Stooling beds are used to obtain stem cuttings for replanting. A stooling bed are perennial hedge rows that are cut to obtain cuttings and then grow back from root sprouts.
The technology that is used in the reforestation of these poplars isn't complex however it has never been applied to sites in Alaska. Cuttings are taken from dormant poplar trees and are then frozen. When the soil thaws at the reforestation sites, the cuttings are planted. This technique has already been shown to be successful is another project near Wasilla with willow cuttings. The Alaska division of Forestry have shown great success in planting un-rooted cuttings in the Willow Experimental Forest near Wasilla.
This project will improve biomass energy utilization by providing forest sustainability. In North America the most common means of reforestation is utilizing seedlings or rooted cuttings that are reared in nurseries. Planting un-rooted seedlings may provide a cheaper alternative to using a nursery to create rooted cuttings and then using a bulldozer to scar the surface to provide an ideal growing environment for the cuttings. After the poplars are established, stump sprouting will be able to regenerate the forest over and over again.
Administration of Funds
The Alaska Energy Authority has been placed in charge of administration for the Emerging Energy Technology Fund projects. More information can be found on their website here