Friday, February 11, 2011

Harvesting Forest Renewables Sustainably

Came acrosse a great article that helps to clear up a lot of the controversy surrounding forest biomass harvesting.  It appeared in Biomass Power and Thermal magazine.

Harvesting woody biomass is ‘preventive medicine’ for our forests and just what the doctor ordered for timber-dependent communities.

The solution to some of America’s most pressing environmental, energy and economic challenges can quite literally be found at our feet. Sustainable harvesting of forest renewables (woody biomass) is “preventive medicine” for our forests, helping limit the number and severity of forest fires, reducing the habitat of destructive insects to help ensure that the healthiest trees thrive, and promoting the growth of healthier, stronger trees. In addition, it offers struggling communities a much-needed, new revenue stream and other social benefits.

To read the entire article click here.

By Mike Schmidt, Manager of Forestry Renewables, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division. January 25, 2011.

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