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Fuel Forest versus Strip-Mining: Fuel Production Alternatives

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Recent discussions of the potential of wood for producing energy have not been specific enough to warrant the generally too optimistic or pessimistic outlook. Fuel production alternatives must be examined case by case and must include all relevant costs and benefits. Rapidly changing prices for many energy carriers necessitate a continuous reevaluation of production alternatives. A proposal for a "fuel forest" is reexamined as one alternative to the strip-mining of coal in Iowa, and an analytical framework to compare energy alternatives is described.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Publication date: August 1, 1975

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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