New Markets Call for New Management Practices (Biomass Magazine, September 2013)Written by Michael DeBonis
Summarized by Tyler Ortolano
This article discusses how the United States should deal with the rise in availability of wood
biomass as a source of energy, as it has increased from 1.8 million tons of biomass to 6 million tons in
a matter of 4 years, and that there are industries in place that could properly conduct the services
needed for reclamation and utilization of such energy. Wood biomass includes the remnants of dead
trunks, branches, and leaves that remain after the death of a tree. It states that the timing of the
emerging industry is impecible due to the global recession and reduction in production demands. It
claims that although the increase in woody biomass for energy conversion has positive outcomes, it
also shines a light on the possible negative effects of things such as improper techniques in harvesting
which can cause ecological degradation if not properly administered. It then recognizes that in the past,
woody biomass has not contributed a significant amount to the overall energy output of the world, but
it also states that with new technology, it could now become incredibly useful. Woody biomass has
played a critical role in the forest as it acts as the home for nearly numerous mammals, birds, and
amphibians. It also promotes water holding capacity and prevents soil erosion by impairing and
reducing surface water flow. The article moves on to describing the efforts already place in regards to
the use of woody biomass for energy conversion on a mass scale. As the article states, the Forest Guild
has created guidelines that carry a great deal of weight with the public called “biomass retention and
harvesting guidelines”. This article essential promotes research into the correct use of biomass from
forest to create energy for american homes as it is a renewable resource and is increasing in mass in the
united states…

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