By Maria Church
Aug. 10, 2016 – A U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities' website has been revitalized to provide an interactive database of wood bioenergy facilities throughout North America.
The website – www.wood2energy.org – uses GIS mapping technology to show the locations of wood-to-energy facilities, and lists details such as the type facility, the owner, operational status, and the production and intake capacity.
“Tools like wood2energy.org enhance our work by providing information that yields a better understanding of current conditions, reduces risk for investors and communities and allows stakeholders to have a common information base upon which to facilitate conversations,” Carlton Owen, president and CEO of the Endowment, said in a news release.
Data for the mapping tool is gathered from the public domain via existing databases, industry publications, reports, press releases and the like, and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
“This project is remarkable from a data collection and management standpoint,” said Brett Hogarth, head of business development at Ecostrat – the company that developed and managed the data delivery. “But to me what really makes it a success is the data curation. A lot of thought and effort was put into how to best organize and present the data to balance the need for detail with ease of use and accessibility. Perhaps the greatest power of this tool is its ability to be used by experts and non-experts alike.”
Anyone with information to fill gaps or fix errors is asked to contact Ecostrat with information. Learn more at www.ecostrat.com