Opinion: Sustainable truth about biomass

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here in New Hampshire, we have a long history of sustainable forestry.

Our forests continue to produce abundant hardwood and softwood lumber, wood chips and firewood, and they support a large and thriving forestry industry.

According to the most recent forest inventory statistics, the Granite State’s forests are getting older and increasing in volume.

Indeed, the state is approximately 84 percent forested, including both public and private land ownership. We are, in fact, the second-most forested state in the nation, and as a state, we continue to grow more wood than we harvest.

Moreover, even as we are using biomass to produce energy, research from the U.S. Forest Service shows the amount of carbon stored in the above-ground portion of trees has increased in New Hampshire by over 4 percent between 2006 and 2012.

Clearly, the use of biomass in our state is more than just carbon neutral; our forests are providing a positive benefit.

Read more by New Hampshire State Forester Brad Simpkins > >