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MASBio Research

This integrated and transdisciplinary research, education and extension project will facilitate and foster development of the bioeconomy and rural prosperity in the region.

Map of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virtinia, and New York showing the amount of forest residue in dry tons per year by county, along with MASBio team locations

About this image: This is a background map of spatial data analysis. This map shows the Mid-Atlantic study region with existing and ongoing biomass trials sites, forest residue availability, and MASBio team locations. Eight states are included in the study: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. Forest residues are a byproduct from forest harvesting, which is a major source of biomass for energy. The estimates for annual supply of forest residues, are divided into five scales ranging from 0 to 58713 dry tons per year. Forest residues are a byproduct from forest harvesting, which is a major source of biomass for energy.  The potential for producing herbaceous biomass residue data in this image are county-level estimates based on the US Department of Energy 2016 Billion-ton Report (  According to the BT16 report more than 2 million dry tons of forest residues could be produced annually in the Mid-Atlantic region. The potential, annual production estimates of forest residues are indicated in the map at the county level utilizing a five-tier scale with county-level production ranging from 0 to 58,700 dry tons per year. As shown in the image, at the county-level, the areas with the higher potential supply of feedstock are in eastern West Virginia, northeastern Pennsylvania, northern New York, and throughout Virginia. MASBio is conducting thirty biomass trials in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Surface mined lands within the MASBio research area, (approximately 0.5 million hectares), are located predominantly in southwestern and northern West Virginia, as well as the middle region of Pennsylvania. Industry partners include Celtic Energy Farms, Double-A-Willow, MABEC, Ernst, GTI, Fox Land Restoration, PA FFSC, AWSGP, Torresak, Wilds, Allstar, AWP, Eastern Biochar, Lignetics, Enviva Southampton, Enviva Chesapeake, Tucker Eng, and Norris Thermal. Institutional partners include SUNY-ESF, PSU, WVU, WVSU, VT, INL, RMRS, FPL, and ORNL. 
Industry partners:
Celtic Energy Farms, Maspeth, NY 
Double-A-Willow, Fredonia, NY
Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council (MABEC), Washington, DC
Ernst Biomass, Meadville, PA
Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Bridgeville, PA 
Fox Land Restoration, Clearfield, PA 
PA FFSC, Altoona, PA 
Association of Warm Season Grass Producers (AWSGP), University Park, PA 
Torresak, Chagrin Falls, OH 
The WildsCumberland, OH 
Allstar EcologyFairmont, WV 
Allegheny Wood Products Inc (AWP), Bruceton Mills, WV
Eastern Biochar, WV
Lignetics, Sand Fork, WV 
Enviva Pellets SouthamptonFranklin, VA 
Enviva Port Of ChesapeakeChesapeake, VA 
Tucker Engineering AssociatesLocust, NC 
Norris Thermal Technologies, Tippecanoe, IN 

Institutional partners:
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF),Syracuse, NY 
Penn State University (PSU), State College, PA 
West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV 
West Virginia State University (WVSU), Institute, WV 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VT), Blacksburg, VA 
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), 1955 N Fremont Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 
Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service (RMRS), Fort Collins, CO 
Forest Products Laboratory, US Forest Service (FPL), Madison, WI 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN 

MASBio Biomass Trials

In New York, 14 trials will be conducted in Jefferson, Oneida, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, Schoharie, and Erie counties.

In Pennsylvania, 4 trials will be conducted in Centre, Cambria, Blair, and Mifflin counties.

In West Virginia, 11 trials will be conducted in Monongalia, Preston, Tucker, Mineral, Randolph, Greenbrier, Mingo, Logan, Raleigh, and Mason counties. 

In Ohio, there is 1 trial in Morgan county.