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What to do With Forest Thinnings
 
Fuel reduction and forest thinning yields small trees and branches with little to no economical value, the question is what can we do to market such material. Washington's DNR one potential solution last week at a chipping plant near Cle Elum. Roasting woody biomass at high temperatures and no oxygen yields a petroleum like bio oil, flammable gas to help run the roaster, and bio char useable in agriculture and water treatment.

“This technology is one potential pathway for dealing with small, low-grade trees,” Chuck Hersey, a DNR forest health specialist said. “It’s basically turning woody biomass into more dense, renewable energy products that have a higher value than just wood products.”

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