Martin Twer - Montana State University

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Martin is the Montana State University Extension Forestry BioEnergy Associate Specialist, housed cooperatively at the University of Montana in the College of Forestry and Conservation. He is a co-leader of the Wood Energy Community of Practice and a member of the Montana Statewide Wood Energy Team, which is tasked with advancing the development of wood energy projects in the state.

He is the director of the Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp, coordinator of the Montana Master Forest Steward Program and annual Forestry MiniCollege, and teaches workshops for landowners and forestry professionals on GPS, GIS, Google Earth applications, Heating with Wood, and Riparian Assessment and Management. Further responsibilities include website development and maintenance as well as the evaluation and implementation of new teaching and outreach tools.

As an Outreach Team member on two regional USDA grants, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) and the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR), he assists the Extension Working Groups by providing information such as popular articles and guidelines about these projects as well as research updates to Montana stakeholders including industry, logging and landowner professional organizations and conferences.

Martin holds a Master of Science degree equivalent in Landscape Ecology from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a Master of Science degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.

He is currently conducting research to fulfill a doctorate in Forestry and Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Montana studying the ecological, economic and social feasibility of increased woody biomass utilization as a renewable energy source in Montana.

 

Contact Information

MSU Extension Forestry
U of M College of Forestry and Conservation
32 Campus Drive, MS 0606
Missoula MT 59812-0606
www.msuextension.org/forestry

e-mail: martin.twer@cfc.umt.edu
phone: (406) 243-2775
cell: (406) 207-1756

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.