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  •  Biomass plants in ME (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, there are a large number of biomass plants in ME.  And I'm quite familiar with operations and re-start of several of them.  

    Generally speaking, I would say biomass power in ME is carbon neutral.  The timber stands that are the source of wood chips is and is likely toremain in relative steady state, which is a little different from palm oil plantations, for instance.

    Dam removal is a big issue certainly.  I've only really looked at it closely in CT.  

    •  At the risk of over-complicating the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      there is one huge piece of this folks don't often relate to the issue; the benefits of a working forest. Without industrial ownership, the north of Maine would likely be subject to development. As a working forest, it's an active sink, absorbing more carbon then is produced by the entire northeast.

      Certainly, it would be better if it were just left alone.

      But that's not likely to happen. It's either going to provide timber resources/wildlife habitat/recreation or turn into another very large suberb (SP? dyslexic moment here.)

      Just the patterns of ownership change are disturbing. Currently, the largest landowner is Irving, a Candadian company.

      I do see signs of large investment by LLC's funded in part by universities; and I have not done the research to determine motive for this.

      I have not been successful in determining if studies have been done on the carbon-sinking potential of actively growing forests, such as here, vs. mature, stable forests, such as in the west. I do know that one mature redwood tree is a much better sink then a mature white pine.

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