Forest Sustainability and Market Trends


Woody Supply Market Trends in the US South 1995-2015

Forest2Market (November 2015)

USIPA teamed up with the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities to commission a report that provides objective, factual information and data to inform discussions about the true impact of the export wood pellet market on American forests and other forest products industries in the US South. The report was prepared by Forest2Market.

Download the report here.


Effect of Policies on Pellet Production and Forests in the US South

USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (December 2014)

A US Forest Service report on the effects of the growing biomass for energy industry on forests in the southeastern US, which finds that demand for wood pellets will result in increased forest inventory, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, and increased jobs and economic development.

Download the report here, and view a blog post referencing the report from the USDA Chief Economist.


Sustainability Guidelines and Forest Market Response: Assessment of EU Pellet Demand in the US South

Duke University and North Carolina State University (April 2015)

A report from the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy that shows sustainability of the US industrial wood pellet industry, as well as the benefits the industry can bring for US forest growth and carbon storage.

Download the report here.

Biogenic Carbon


Carbon Savings with Trans-Atlantic Trade in Pellets: Accounting for Market-Driven Effects

University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and North Carolina State University (October 2015)

A study on the carbon impacts of wood pellet exports from the US to Europe finds significant carbon savings when compared to using coal to produce electricity.  

Download the report here.


Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in US Bioenergy Policy

Society of American Foresters (November 2014)

A study from the Society of American Foresters, published in the Journal of Forestry, discussing the carbon benefits of bioenergy and the effects of market forces on the bioenergy industry in the US.

Download the report here.