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Posted on 11/09/2007 8:31:14 AM PST by george76
New mill to turn dead trees into pellet fuel.
Colorado's first wood-pellet mill owes its birth to pine beetles that are killing millions of trees near the town of Kremmling and across northwest Colorado. The diseased trees will be the new Kremmling mill's chief input - a new twist for the pellet-fuel industry.
The 18,000-square-foot plant is billed as the largest west of the Mississippi. It's slated in February to start grinding trees into environmentally friendly pellets for wood-pellet stoves and industrial and commercial pellet boilers.
Many of the trees are too skinny or too cracked and old to be valuable as lumber.
"The dead and dying beetle kill was just piling up and was going to be a fire danger," ...
The plant will process trees as small as 2 inches in diameter and from as far as 100 miles away. When fully operational, the mill will produce up to 120,000 tons of pellets a year for homes, schools and buildings.
The region is estimated to contain 600,000 to 700,000 acres of dead and dying trees. The outbreak is expected eventually to cover more than 1 million acres.
Lovgren said the mill gives land managers more options to dispose of beetle-killed trees, particularly since the lumber often isn't attractive to commercial mills.
"There really aren't a lot of options to take your wood, especially the smaller-diameter logs and the dead and dying timber,"
(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...
Hey! Hasn’t there been an argument AGAINST burning wood per
a fireplace because it is too polluting? bwahahahahahahahahaha
This same kind of pelletization can be done with corn cellulose waste (cobs, husks, stalks) and used to fuel the distillation process for ethanol, further reducing the energy footprint for that alternative fuel. When you think of the billions of tons of yard waste that could be pulped and pelletized instead of going into landfills, this becomes an even more attractive way to wean ourselves from the Arab tit.
Yeah!!! It eats up our carbon credits too fast to burn dead / diseased timber. We must spend money for ethanol manufacturing to burn fuel in our autos at $7/gal. It doesn’t use up carbon credits because the greenies say so.
Colorado has some pretty scrict restrictions on fireplaces, but the pellet stoves are usually designed to be low emmission.
The mill will employ 18. Logging and trucking jobs are expected to bring Confluence Energy’s employment to between 40 and 50. Pay will start at $34,500 a year.
“We wanted the starting pay to be 25 percent above the average paying job in Grand County,” Mathis said.
The liberals will not be happy.
LOGGING IS GREAT!!!
I love it - it’s a gas!
Further up North on the Island you can get a permit from the Ministry of Environment or the Local Canfor etcetera and head out to the slash and collect up as much wood as you can haul home in your truck... we paid for our Graduation party that way in ‘94 for Robron in Campbell River... IIRC $50 for an unsplit cord
A beetle (think it was called something like the Southern Pine Bark Beetle) was destroying red spruce trees on Mt. Rogers a few years ago, and my husband got the job to clean out infected trees. He had stories almost daily about libs driving by and shouting “tree killer.” Idiots wouldn’t recognize genuine conservation if it bit them.
” Tree killers “ removing already dead trees ?
Tree hugging liberals are so nice.
The nugget of coal in the story.
We need DDT, or we aren't going to have any trees left in Colorado. These beetles can kill a thousand acres before breakfast.
If Colorado has so many homes with fireplaces that they have to make using them against the law, then they are overpopulated and I wouldn't live there for anything.
(The right to have, and the freedom to use a wood burning fireplace, is second only to the right to bear arms in my book.)
Another way of saying that kind of geography cannot support so many people living in it.
And so it is too overpopulated for people to live more freely.
They have to make rules and enlist rules police to ration the air.
I remember the seventies when wood-burning stoves were all the rage. Some fashionable ski-lodge communities sure got a living-history lesson on old-fashioned air pollution when everybody in the valley started doing it.
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