Harnessing the Power of Local Wood Energy
While energy costs continue to rise with no end currently in sight, one Vermont community is developing a community wood energy plan that saves money, reduces its dependence on foreign oil, combats climate change, improves forest health, and supports local industries and workers. Harnessing the Power of Local Wood Energy is a community resource guide that uses the Mt. Abe pilot project in Bristol, Vermont, as a case study to provide a community wood energy framework that other communities can use to develop a standard for assuring that the wood is sourced and utilized in a "Sustainable, Efficient, Local, and Fair (SELF)" manner.
To read the full story go to: http://www.forestguild.org/publications/research/2008/Local_Wood_Energy1.pdf
To download a copy of the full publication entitled "Harnessing the Power of Local Wood Energy" by caitlin Cusack go to:http://www.forestguild.org/publications/research/2008/Local_Wood_Energy.pdf
The Forest Guild, headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a national organization of more than 600 foresters, allied professionals, and supporters who manage forestlands in the United States and Canada and advocate for ecologically sound forest practices. The mission of the Forest Guild is to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry"excellent forestry" as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Forest Guild's Northeast Region includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. http://www.forestguild.org/