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Journal of Forestry


Society of American Foresters

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Bethesda, MD, USA

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Given the interest in renewable energy sources across the United States, it is likely that biomass harvested directly from the forest will play an important role in creating and sustaining the forest bioindustry. This article shows that the Northeastern Region’s strengths (abundant forest resources and an established forest sector) provide the framework for a sustainable and viable forest bioindustry. Careful consideration must also be given to existing infrastructure, resource conditions, forest operations, public policy, and the wide range of social values likely to emerge as the industry grows. Challenges that must be addressed include improvements to the overall condition of the forest operations community, integration of new technologies into existing facilities, and assessment of the impact social values may have on the supply of raw materials and processing.

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Benjamin, J., Lilieholm, R.J., & Damery, D. 2009. Challenges and Opportunities for the Northeastern Forest Bioindustry. Journal of Forestry, p. 125, vol. 107(3).

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© 2009 by the Society of American Foresters.


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