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Fuelwood Processing in New Hampshire Becomes a Mature Industry

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In the past few years, New Hampshire's fuelwood processing industry has changed. The majority of output no longer comes from many small entrepreneurs, but from traditional multiproduct loggers. Ninety-four percent of the fuel-wood is marketed by producers whose annual output is over 100 cords. Most are integrated logging businesses; sawlogs are the major product, but fuelwood averages 30% of the output. Whole tree chips comprise 19% of the fuelwood output. Survey respondents reported that profit margins were satisfactory for cordwood and marginal for biomass chips. With more multi-product harvesting, and larger, better equipped fuelwood contractors, forest managers may be better able to utilize increased fuelwood demand to improve forest management. North. J. Appl. For. 4:76-78, June 1987.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

Publication date: 1987-06-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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