Timber towns court biomass

Timber towns court biomass

Residents of towns like Estacada, Molalla and Canby have been hit hard by the decline of the timber industry.

But Clackamas County officials are making efforts to bring business back by promoting its resources to the biomass industry.

Biomass facilities convert organic waste materials such as timber waste into a coal-like substance that can be burned to create electricity. [Clackamas County Commissioner Bob Austin] said such facilities could provide new jobs and help support local farmers.

“We have not only timber waste from our forests, but agricultural waste from our nurseries and Christmas tree farms,” Austin said. “Instead of burning it, we could be showing potential investors there is a supply for a biomass facility to operate year-round in Clackamas County.”

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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