Forest products are sustainable, renewable, carbon neutral materials, and are an important part of our everyday life. They include solid lumber, paper, paperboard, tissue, cardboard packaging, laminated beams, building panels, chemicals, furniture, rayon fabric, liquid and solid fuel and food fiber. Forest co-products are the by-products or residues from major forest products operations, They are also sources of value-added products such as chemicals, fiber, biochar/activated charcoal/charcoal, composite wood products, liquid fuel, solid fuel as chips or pellets, landscaping, animal care, bioplastics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals to name some items. The reality is that almost anything made from petroleum can be made from trees. To achieve a positive life-cycle-analysis, the use of trees as feedstock provides forest managers with the directive to efficiently and cost effectively manage age classes and species, control disease, reduce wildfires and manage wildlife habitat, while maintaining volume and recreational value.
Overall, forest products are a major economic engine with a significant trickle-down effect. Most harvesters are family-operated logging businesses that rely on high-efficiency, high-tech machinery to be cost-effective. Forest products companies provide to these businesses an opportunity to preserve rural living, while offering the next generations a bright future.
An expert in forest products will often have one or more STEM-related degrees and possess extensive experience in the forest products industry. Forest products experts should be knowledgeable on specific financial metrics, supply chain nuances including harvesting practices, a multitude of processing technologies, biomass management, properties of commercial tree species, necessary engineering principles, data needs, process and equipment design, project management and risk analysis.
Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) offers a wide range of services in biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis. The company has business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, grants and loans and bio market research. The company also offers technical and engineering related services like techno economic analysis, environmental evaluations, feasibility studies, risk analysis and expert witness engagements. The company also has strategic partnerships in place to assist clients with insurance, legal, accounting, plant fabrication, feedstock procurement. With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting also has experts in anaerobic digestion, fermentation, biomass, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins and animal-free products, sustainable foods, beverage fermentation, biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, co2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (rfs2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrefied biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. This is a multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants that is a virtual “one stop shop” for any client need and handles projects of all types and sizes.
Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See also: Forest Biomaterials.