Friday, October 31, 2008

Cellulosic Biofuel and Wildlife Study to Begin in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks issued a news release yesterday outlining future plans to study, monitor, and possibly implement biofuel production in wildlife conservation areas. I have posted on this subject before, but it is inspiring to see some action taking place. According to the release:

With the nation intent on discovering alternative sources of energy, research about to begin in South Dakota will provide the best management practices to maximize the production of cellulosic biofuel while taking into consideration the needs of wildlife resources.

Read the rest of the release on the GFP website.

Currently, cellulosic ethanol looks to be a promising source of renewable energy. If South Dakota can work to develop a model where wildlife and biofuel feedstocks can both be generated in the same area, we will solve multiple issues with one solution, while simultaneously bettering our future.

As an agricultural state, South Dakota is poised to become a leader in renewable energy. By segueing into cellulosic ethanol, we will be able to produce, according to a recent study, 540% more energy than what was used for production, as well as incorporate more regions of our state in the feedstock production process.

This is an excellent example of collaboration...

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