Category Archives: eBooks

2017 Colorado State Forest Service – Biomass Ready

Tim Reader of the Colorado State Forest Service pitched an idea to me. Create a handbook and electronic checklist to help communities build their next public building to easily and affordably add biomass heating in the future. Why? Many communities can’t afford to make a commitment to biomass heating in 2017 — natural gas and propane prices are at near historical lows. But some day….

Here’s what we created.

2017 Community Biomass Handbook, Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing

Of all the books in this series, I made the fewest direct contributions. I helped with the initial framing of the story, then halfway through I help refactor and restructure the storyline, and finally, I created the production (layout, etc.) for this publication. I think not being a domain expert in this area actually made me more effective – being able to see things from the end user’s perspective.

2017 Oregon Department of Forestry – Amazing Community Engagement

My colleague Marcus Kauffman at the Oregon Department of Forestry asked me to help out doing some documentary work to tell the story about how several communities in the Northwest are trying to bring environmentalist, forestry and logging interests, and Federal land management agencies together to create healthier forests and healthier rural communities.

My favorite story was the community of John Day in central Oregon. You can read Marcus’s beautiful article with his great photography here, Restoration Renaissance, A New Paradigm in John Day.

Here’s one of my favorite clips from the companion documentary we produced (all included in the above article).

2016 Koyukuk, Alaska, Small-scale Biomass District Heating

Last year the US Forest Service hired me to tell one of their amazing stories: How using local wood to heat schools and public buildings is helping revitalize rural, Native communities. March 2016, I visited the village of Koyukuk, 300 miles west of Fairbanks, on the Yukon River. Here is the story I brought back.The US Forest Service commissioned me to tell the story of an Alaskan Native village of 90 people on the Yukon River. The core buildings are heated by a wood-fired boiler — providing heat, savings, and income. ( Click here for the official download site.)

2013 Colorado State Forest Service – TV commercials

In late 2012, Tim Reader and Kristina Hughes, of the Colorado State Forest Service, approached me about doing something a bit different – producing a series of 15 and 30 second TV spots (Public Service Announcements) to be aired throughout Colorado. The goal was to connect purchasing locally made Colorado wood products with forest health. (For example, without a viable market, beetle-kill pine trees are often burned in open slash piles.)

The 3 commercials we produced aired in the fall of 2013 (and rebroadcast the summer of 2014). One of the commercials aired during an early 2013 Bronco’s game at halftime. Fortunately, it wasn’t last year’s Super Bowl, so people actually watched it LOL.

Click here to see the videos and a behind-the-scene photograph of your’s truly filming a young girl and her pet goat (it actually has a lot to do with biomass).

2012 The Biomass Adventures – iBook

Staying on the leading edge of ePublication technology is key to delivering the most compelling content possible. Today, that means creating high quality story-photographs, embedded videos, and interactivity – all on the latest delivery platforms.

When the iPad’s iBook production technology was first released, I created this book to tell stories I had been collecting over the past 8 years on biomass projects in Japan and Colorado.

The chief limitation to the iBook technology is that you need an iPad – or now, an Apple Mac – to view the content. Limitations aside, the results were very encouraging.

If you have an iPad or Mac, you can click here to “purchase” the free iBook.

2011 Where Wood Works in Colorado

Tim Reader, utilization and marketing specialist for the Colorado State Forest Service, asked me to create a Colorado version of Where Wood Works. The budget allowed for a significant number of site visits where I was able to shoot content-driven images. The faces of people that made these stories are a key part of this publication’s success.



Tim Reader came up with the idea of a graphical technology selection guide – relating building size to fuel type, heat output, and biomass usage.

Very simple – very effective.

2011 Governor’s Biofuels Coalition

Agricultural biofuels was a key part of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s (term 2007-2011) New Energy Economy. The Governor’s Energy Office engaged me to create an overview ePublication of Governor’s Biofuels Coalition – the public-private partnership that led up the efforts.

This publication blends the human and technical aspects of the program (and some of the controversy).

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2010 Flex Energy for Buildings

Flex Energy for Buildings is a simple design support process (checklists, design patterns, and suggestions) that helps you and your team design buildings with the flexibility to adapt to the changing shape of energy in the 21st century — because your design decisions today can make adapting to this change easy and affordable, or needlessly difficult and expensive. Continue reading

2009 The Salvation Army’s High Peak Camp

The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office and the Colorado State Forest Service had challenged me to find good candidates for wood biomass in Colorado. I was looking for places that heated with a lot of relatively expensive propane. I couldn’t find a government agency that could tell me where the natural gas grid ended. But a helpful (and busy) Century 21 real estate agent in Estes Park knew. “Try the Salvation Army Camp.” I drove over and, as has been the case so often, was warmly and enthusiastically greeted by the resident managers. It took a few years (and the leadership of Joe Duda), but it happened.

This 12-page document tells how – and why the guy on the cover is smiling. This project included my first video production – though the delivery technology didn’t support its inclusion into the final product.

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2009 Mountain Park Environmental Center

The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (now the Colorado Energy Office), engaged me as both a technical advisor and project communicator for one of the coolest wood biomass projects in Colorado: the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah. Dave and Helene Van Manen are heroes in every sense of the word. They’ve transformed a Depression Era summer mountain camp into a year-round environmental education center.

This printable ePub brings the human and technical aspects together in a straightforward and engaging style. Each page tells a complete part of the story.

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2008 Jump Start: Arizona Biomass Assessment Project

In early 2008, Herb Hopper invited me to join his Jump Start team to conduct an on-the-ground survey of potential new wood biomass opportunities.

Due to it’s brevity and visual design, this report was widely circulated. When a document is short and engaging, it is much more likely to be forwarded up the command chain. “Hey, take a quick look at this.”

Traditional reports have far too much detail and are far too long – impossible to quickly absorb the key points. Busy high-level managers will either have their staff review and summarize it, or just discard it. In either case, an opportunity to directly communicate with a senior decision maker is lost.

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2007 Ute Mountain Ute Pellet Market Analysis

The US Forest Service engaged me to create a brief overview of the potential of increasing wood pellet utilization, and ultimately wood pellet production on the Ute Mountain Ute lands in southwest Colorado.

The eDocument was distributed online (a few copies were professionally printed for a select group of upper management).

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2007 Where Wood Works, rev 1.0

In 2007, Carla Harper and I produced the first edition of Where Wood Works. This short, 16-page printable PDF, was my first attempt at a visually engaging style that combined relevant, purpose-shot photographs and brief, to-the-point narrative. Each page was a self-contained idea. Continue reading