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Our Mission

To provide stakeholders, interested in creating a forest residuals to bio-jet industry, with regional solutions that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and meet the high environmental standards of the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, ID and MT).


What is NARA?

NARA is an alliance of public universities, government laboratories and private industry that provides technologies, resources and analyses for stakeholders interested in using forest residuals to create bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products such as jet fuel. The Alliance is funded through a five-year grant provided by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will take a comprehensive approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using forest residuals from logging operations as feedstock, the project aims to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products. The project includes a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions from throughout the Northwest.

NARA's Five Teams

To meet its mission's goals, the Alliance is broken down into specific areas of focus:


USDA logoNARA is primarily supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Washington State University logoWashington State University is the performing organization assigned to administer grant no. 2011-68005-30416