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Biomass utilization for bioenergy in the Western United StatesAuthor(s): D.L. Nicholls; R. Monserud; D. Dykstra
Source: Forest Products Journal. 58(1/2): 6-16
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionWildfires, hazardous fuel buildups, small-diameter timber, wildland-urban interface zones, biomass. These are some of the terms becoming familiar to communities throughout the Western United States after the record-breaking fire seasons of the past decade. Although small-diameter stems are generally expensive to remove and often have limited utilization options, the need to reduce wildfire hazard has become increasingly important with the expansion of the wildland-urban interface across the Western United States. An estimated 73 million acres of national forest land in Western States (397 million acres across all ownerships) have been identified as high-priority treatment areas. Nearly 3,800 communities near federal lands in Western States are considered to be at high risk of wildfire.
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CitationNicholls, D.L.; Monserud, R.; Dykstra, D. 2008. Biomass utilization for bioenergy in the Western United States. Forest Products Journal. 58(1/2): 6-16
KeywordsFuel reduction, thinning, biomass, bioenergy
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