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Title: Chip and truck: Comparing the cost of using trees to heat buildings

Author: Silverstein, Robin; Loeffler, Dan; Jones, J. Greg; Calkin, Dave; Zuuring, Hans; Twer, Martin.;

Date: 2009

Source: Natural Inquirer. 9(1): 26-34.

Publication Series: Natural Inquirer


In the Western United States, many of the forests have too many small trees (figure 1). These small trees increase the risk of wildfire. Forest managers, therefore, want to remove the small trees. Some scientists believe these small trees may be a good source of fuel. To explore this possibility, a program called "Fuels for Schools" was created in Montana. As a part of this program, a special facility was built near the schools. This facility takes woodchips from surrounding forests and burns them to create thermal energy. Schools were chosen because they are public buildings and might benefit from being able to save fuel costs.

Keywords: small trees, wildfire, woodchips, thermal energy

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Silverstein, Robin; Loeffler, Dan; Jones, J. Greg; Calkin, David; Zuuring, Hans; Twer, Martin. 2009. Chip and truck: Comparing the cost of using trees to heat buildings. Natural Inquirer. 9(1): 26-34.


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