In this publication we provide
information for foresters, landowners, and loggers on ways to
communicate with municipalities that are considering creating
timber harvesting ordinances.
This fact sheet explains
the most widely used method for treating wood, examines
the possible risks from gardening uses of treated lumber,
and makes recommendations for reducing any such risks.
This report was prepared by an ad hoc committee to evaluate the practice of clearcutting in the hardwood forests of Pennsylvania. The report consists of an introduction and separate chapters on the effects of clearcutting on six forest resources - aesthetics, fisheries, soils, timber, water, and wildlife.
One way to make Pennsylvania more energy independent is
to purchase and use locally produced biomass fuel for heating.
Doing so would not only support the local economy, but it is
also relatively inexpensive and can be ecologically beneficial.
A biomass combustion system burns renewable biomass fuel
(e.g., wood, field crops) to produce heat. Commercial-scale
systems are different from smaller residential systems in that
they typically (1) incorporate automated feed and control systems
and (2) require emissions control equipment to ensure
that strict emissions regulations are met.
Pennsylvania farmers and foresters that are interested
in growing biomass as an energy crop have a wide
variety of potential markets for their product. One of
the more promising options is to sell your biomass
for co-firing with other fuels, especially coal.
This fact sheet
presents some of the more important characteristics of solid
biomass fuel and explains their significance.