Participants of "Introduction to Woody Biofuels in the Northeast" will increase their awareness and knowledge of issues associated with woody biofuel production, strategies to counteract or off-set potential concerns, professionals who can assist with production, and the types of markets that might purchase woody biofuels. As an introductory course we cannot answer all questions, but we will provide a framework for more informed question asking and connect participants with resources they can explore as their interests dictate. The course is intended for Cooperative Extension educators, woodland owners, elected and community officials,and others interested in learning the context of woody biofuel production from the private woodland owner's perspective. The course creates a foundation of forestry knowledge and builds to connect the participant to relevant issues of woody biofuel production.

This course is designed to teach participants how to identify 35+ hardwood and coniferous tree species common to the Northeast. Participants will learn plant features of the buds, twigs, foliage, fruits and bark, with an emphasis on the most reliable features. In addition to the identification, course participants will learn about the ecological characteristics of each species. Finally, because the course does not cover all species, participants will learn how to use dichotomous keys, a special type of flow chart, to identify species not covered.