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Biomass Utilization

Forest biomass, which is woody material that includes non-merchantable stems, tree branches and other vegetation, are becoming increasingly more important as potential sources of renewable energy. However, this material also serves important ecological functions in a forest. Harvesting woody biomass from Pennsylvania’s forests could help meet the demand for alternative sources of energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but should not compromise other important forest functions and values – including protecting water quality, critical natural areas and communities, biodiversity, recreational opportunities,  and wildlife habitat.  Forest landowners who allow biomass harvesting should carefully follow existing best management practices and get professional assistance to maintain the health of their land.

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