Modeling Impacts of BioMass Production on Landscapes and Wildlife - NC State University

Meeting North Carolina’s goal of 10% of liquid fuels from locally-produced biofuels will require substantial amounts of biomass from forests and agricultural lands. Growing and harvesting that biomass will impact the state’s landscapes and wildlife species. To provide information about how to produce biomass sustainably, researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh will project the potential future changes to landscapes and wildlife habitat from biofuels production across the state. Funds from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina will be used to produce models, maps and summaries of the potential impacts to land and habitat. In addition, researchers will develop a set of land management strategies that North Carolinians can implement on their land to ameliorate negative impacts to wildlife habitat. This research will provide tools for landowners and policy-makers to help ensure the best possible future for biofuels, land, and wildlife in North Carolina.