Could harvesting small spindly trees both protect our nation’s forests, and help meet America’s growing energy needs? Probably so, according to a new study from the Forest Guild which says that removing the narrow, densely packed trees which can turn a low-intensity wildfire into a crown-scorching one could produce fuel for home heating and even cars. The study, reported in Environment and Energy Publishing’s Land Letter, analyzed case studies in 21 states, and found that partnerships with efficient loggers and truckers, using machinery to safely remove the trees, and having an existing market for the biomass are all important elements of success. Sounds like a timber-full of possibility!

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