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Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)

NARA works to harness Woody Biomass for Aviation Biofuel


Featuring a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) takes a holistic approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using a large variety of feedstocks, from construction waste to forest residues, the project aims to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products.

MSU Extension Forestry assists with the NARA Extension Working Group by providing information about the NARA program and research updates to Montana stakeholders including industry, logging and landowner professional organizations and conferences. In addition we will produce and publish brochures, popular articles and guidelines for these groups as well as assist with the scoping process and development of a test bed site.

In a competitive selection process, the "Western Montana Corridor" was selected as a Pilot Community. Starting that fall, Missoula had 50+ researchers working in and around Western Montana researching the supply chain of woody biomass to jet fuel, and the various assets that will allow the region to take advantage of a new biomass economy: policy, physical, human, natural, and economic.

NARA is interested in engaging and informing stakeholders.
To connect with NARA, fill out the stakeholder registration questionnaire form and receive:

  • News regarding NARA research and activities
  • Announcements and invitations to workshops, seminars, webinars, conferences, etc.
  • Information on woody biomass for biofuels and co-products


Montana NARA Members/Affiliated Organizations:

- Forest Business Network (FBN) (Craig Rawlings)
- UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) (Todd Morgan, Colin Sorenson, Charles Gale)
- MSU Extension Forestry (Peter Kolb, Martin Twer)

In News and Newsletters:

- Is wood the next jet fuel option? UM receives grant to study alternatives (Missoulian, 10-09-11)
- Group looks to turn forest waste into fuel for jets (Missoulian, 6-16-12)
- NARA's woody biomass biofuels effort hits close to home; and how you can help fuel the momentum (FBN, 6-19-12)
- Biojet Project Takes Off in Missoula (Missoula Economic Partnership)
- NARA Newsletter


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NARA is an alliance of researchers, educators and economists from universities, businesses, non-governmental and governmental institutions dedicated to help create a sustainable residual woody biomass to biojet fuel and value added co-products industry in the Pacific Northwest. Created in fall 2011, the alliance is led by Washington State University and primarily funded by a $40 million five-year Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.