*Wildfire critical in calculating carbon-payback time for biomass energy projects

Editor’s note:  Long-term and landscape-scale forest management and fuel reduction in our national forests will require sustainable economic drivers — perhaps chief among them, energy production from woody biomass.  This article, by Jeff Mulholem, comes to us from PENN STATE NEWS, published March 27th.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study.  Researchers said their analysis of carbon-accounting methods is expected to inform the scientific debate about the sustainability of such conversion projects.

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