For Immediate Release: April 27, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Lake Tahoe Area Conference Examines Bioenergy, Forest Health



Diverse Interests, Collaborative Solutions, a three-day environmental conference near Lake Tahoe, will bring communities, government agencies and the private sector together to explore ways to improve forest health, prevent wild fires and spur economic development. Subtitled A Dialogue on Bioenergy and Forest Health in the West, the May conference will focus on biomass energy as an effective, sustainable approach to solving problems.

The meeting is an outgrowth of the 1997 Presidential Summit held at Lake Tahoe that focused attention on Western environmental issues. It will bring together for the first time forestry, energy and rural community interests from across the West to examine the benefits of developing bioenergy.

What:Diverse Interests, Collaborative Solutions bioenergy conference
Where:The Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
phone 800-327-3353
(In the area of Lake Tahoe, California)
When:Monday, May 3 - Wednesday, May 5, 1999
Who is sponsoring:U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission
Who should attend:Federal and state forest managers, owners of private forest stands, energy and environmental policy officials, public interest groups, energy service providers, national laboratories, universities, bioenergy equipment manufacturers and business communities

Members of the media can attend the sessions at no cost. Please call Claudia Chandler.

Keynote speakers at the event will be Dan Reicher, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy's Office for Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Mary Nichols, Secretary of the California Resources Agency.

Information about the conference can be found on the Internet at: www.energy.ca.gov/development/biomass/conference



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