Tree Frog Forestry News

Will wood chips save us all?

By Peter Aleshire
Payson Roundup
January 31, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

This is going to sound crazy. But maybe we can save the forest — and every town in it — by selling wood chips to South Korea. Nuts. Right? But seriously — researchers at Northern Arizona University have done the math. …this was a pilot project designed to determine whether selling wood chips overseas might solve the “biomass bottleneck” that has so far stymied large-scale thinning efforts in northern Arizona forests. …Bottom line: “Long-distance delivery of woody biomass using railroad delivery may be a viable use of forest restoration material,” concluded Jeffrey Halbrook and Han-Sup Han at Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute. …“While there remain many hurdles to overcome, results show that empty intermodal containers may open the possibilities of shipping wood chips and other forest products such as sawdust and lumber produced from small-diameter forest restoration materials.”

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