Biomass Assessment & Regional Knowledgebase

The Colorado Biomass Assessment & Regional Knowledgebase (BARK) is an initial attempt to catalog woody biomass supply and demand at the county level using data from recent and current hazardous fuels reduction projects.

Biomass pile near Nederland, Colorado.

What is BARK?

The Colorado Biomass Assessment and Regional Knowledgebase (BARK) Project builds on work originally conducted by Kurt Mackes, assistant professor and CoWood specialist, and Elaine Hughes, graduate research assistant. Using GIS, they developed county maps that showed where forest treatments had occurred in the past decade. The idea was to show where biomass was likely to be produced.

BARK will build on this effort by attempting to also show current demand i.e. where forest biomass is currently being consumed. This project focuses on Grand, Routt and Jackson counties in north central Colorado. The purpose of BARK is to reduce search and transaction costs by allowing producers and consumers to "see" one another in a digital format.

BARK County Data

Use the drop-down menu below to view county-level data.