Restoration Fuels is a torrefaction facility in John Day, Oregon and surrounded by the beautiful Malheur National Forest. We use small-diameter thinnings and low-value residuals from restoration treatments on National Forests to produce an advanced solid fuel for power generation.
Across the western US forest health is declining. A century of wildfire suppression and management has left our forests increasingly vulnerable to the threat of disease, infestation, catastrophic wildfire, and the effects of climate change.
Reversing the trends of increased wildfires and declining forest health requires increasing restoration treatments. To do this requires markets for biomass - thinnings, branches and other woody materials that come from sustainable forest management.
In developing a new renewable fuel production facility we will provide a new market for biomass that supports forest restoration while integrating with existing business and infrastructure. In addition, we are creating economic opportunities for the communities with which we work.