The Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution District (NoSoCoAir) proudly presents the Sonoma County Biomass Business competition (Bio Biz Competition).
BioBiz is a showcase of local small business innovation. NoSoCoAir and a coalition of forest experts, business leaders, and public officials, recognize that forest restoration is necessary to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and to maintain healthy forest ecosystems. A recurring barrier to forest restoration activity is the removal and utilization of excess biomass that creates excess fire fuels and alters the native ecosystems. The goal of the Competition is to spur local small business innovation to create high value wood products from the excess biomass to create complementary and ongoing partnerships that support forest restoration activities and help maintain healthy forest ecosystems.
Recurring and catastrophic wildfires endanger forest health, air quality, property and our health and safety. Building off the indomitable spirit of Sonoma County’s Recovery and Resiliency Program, NoSoCoAir established its “Healthy Forests, Clean Air Initiative” in 2018 to connect with regional partners and to support innovative solutions to forest fuels management that also promote clean air quality.
The Competition is the product of over 20 diverse and experienced organizations to implement the Biomass Business Competition. The Competition will reflect the immense amount of State policy support to catalyze business development through proven non-merchantable woody-product solutions like SB 859’s Wood Utilization Barriers team working under the State’s Forest Management Task Force. The Competition has several organizations committing both cash for start-up capital and staff labor to facilitate the program through to completion.