Wenatchee/Okanogan Forest Chief Discusses Biomass Feasibility With Chelan County Port Commissioners

March 18, 2011

By the end of this year it should be known if the Wenatchee and Okanogan

National Forest has adequate resources to support a commercial biomass industry. That’s the message Forest

Supervisor Becky Heath brought to the Chelan County Port District. Heath is part of a working group involving the

Port, Chelan County and other stakeholders who’ve been studying the issue. Steve Hair reports . .


provided Commissioners with an update on those continuing discussions. She says there are possible economic

benefits for the Forest Service as well as communities who’s timber industries have closed down . .


says from a forest and public health standpoint it would make more sense to recycle the biomass material for power

generation than by the traditional method of prescribed burning. The question is, how do you entice private

investment in such an enterprize . .

The other problem identified by Heath is determining if the Forest has

an adequate supply of woody debris to support a biomass processing facility . . .

The results of the state

forest survey should be released in Mid-October.


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