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Martin Twer

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With over 15 years of experience in renewable energy research and outreach, Martin is a biomass program director at The Watershed Research and Training Center, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable forest management and rural economic development embedded in the natural and working lands of California. His core competencies include sustainable biomass power, forest biomass research, energy, natural resource and climate policy, rural economic development, small diameter and low-value wood products markets, as well as biochar production and utilization. He leads and facilitates statewide working groups and networks, manages subcontracts for fuel reduction work and power plant construction, develops written reports, and plans and organizes events and meetings. As a wood products and forest biomass expert, Martin supports state-wide efforts to increase utilization of forest biomass removed as a result of forest restoration and hazardous fuels reduction projects by increasing awareness, establishing or expanding markets, and accelerating adoption of new or modified technologies and systems for forest health work in fire-prone landscapes. He has expertise in bioenergy, public health and ecological issues associated with biomass utilization, advanced wood building materials, scalable wood processing technologies, integrated wood product campus development, and diverse value-added products and production systems. Martin has a strong background in habitat type mapping, forest inventory, growth and yield modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems, optimization, empirical and process-based modeling, and econometrics. With excellent human relations skills, teaching experience with diverse audiences, broad interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as training and experience in inclusive leadership and integrating team skills, organization and management, he is adaptable to a rapidly changing policy and political environment, and comfortable with a flexible and highly collaborative management structure on cross-agency project teams. Martin is bi-lingual (German and English) and able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.