Canadian Biomass Magazine

Louisiana’s Richmond Parish issued a BDO Zone ‘A’ rating for woody biomass

March 13, 2024
By Canadian Biomass Staff

Richland Parish in Louisiana has been recognized with an ‘A’ rating by the Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone Initiative for its potential in woody biomass production.

This designation, the first of its kind in the state for pulpwood, forest residues, and sawmill residuals, indicates the area’s strong forestry products sector and its established supply chains, according to a press release issued by Ecostrat, the Richland Parish Chamber of Commerce, and the BDO.

The BDO Zone encompasses a 75-mile (120-kilometre) drive distance from the center point in Rayville, La.

The Richland Parish BDO Zone has earned a “high quality” investment-grade A rating, which speaks to the robust forest products industry, reliable biomass supply, and well-established supply chains, it said.


“The region’s industrial and transportation infrastructure, pro-business community, and cost-effective operations enhance its appeal,” the press release states. “Richland Parish is home to many Louisiana Economic Development Certified Industrial Sites that provide convenient access to rail, water, power, and natural gas, located near Interstate 20 and US Highway 183, offering a stable base for large-scale bioeconomy projects.”

Jordan Solomon, chair of the BDO Zone Initiative, said 677,000 dry tonnes of biomass can support a variety of bio-based project development — or at least one major refinery.

“The Richland Parish BDO Zone presents a significant opportunity for project developers seeking a reliable and substantial supply of verified low-risk feedstock, coupled with the robust infrastructure capacity,” said Solomon.

“This is a novel achievement not only for the Fifth District but for the entire state,” said Congresswoman Julia Letlow. “Bringing a BDO Zone to Richland Parish will create widespread opportunity – from job creation and economic stimulation, to new energy projects. I am excited to see the benefits for decades to come.”


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