Biomass As Economic Development Tool

Apr 21, 2017

The days of massive clearcuts of massive trees are largely over, at least on public land. 

Woody material on the ground... should it stay, or should it go?
Credit Albert Herring,CCby-SA2.0,wikimedia curid=29806162

And in this age of smaller-diameter trees, there's plenty of talk of biomass.  Think of biomass as the leftovers... woody material too small to turn into lumber, but still big enough to burn. 

The big question is whether it burns in the forest, or burns in a boiler, creating energy. 

Both the federal Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry have programs that guide and encourage the use of biomass, as an economic development tool for rural communities. 

Marcus Kauffmann is ODF's biomass expert and our guest.