“Woody biomass” refers to the woody parts of trees and other plants, including limbs, tops, needles, and leaves. Sources include forests, rangelands, and urban tree waste. Biomass is usually a by-product of forest management or restoration, hazardous fuels treatments to reduce the threat of wildfires, and urban tree care.
Developing and expanding the use of woody biomass supports forest ecosystem health by improving the economic viability of both forest management and wood products manufacturing. It is also a valuable tool for mitigating climate change by reducing consumption of fossil fuels.