Woody Biomass for Energy in Missouri
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In the Midwest, when people think of using woody biomass for energy, the first thought that usually comes to mind is burning wood in a fireplace or wood stove. But the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 combined with the fact that one-third of Missouri is forested has tremendously increased interest in using this natural resource on a much larger scale. This guide defines woody biomass and describes how it can be used for energy, its various sources, and how it is harvested from the forest. This guide also highlights voluntary environmental safeguards to ensure woody biomass is sustainably harvested and provides insight gained from surveys seeking to understand landowner interest in harvesting it.