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From the Abstract of the PA Biomass Harvesting Guidelines:
With 17 million acres of forestland, Pennsylvania has generated significant interest from policymakers, energy analysts, industry representatives and others looking for new sources of alternative energy. Woody biomass and cellulosic ethanol are emerging as options for producing fuel, heat, electricity and combinations of these while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping decelerate climate change. As stewards of the largest public forest in Pennsylvania and advocates for sustainable natural resource management, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) undertook a review of the state’s public and private forest resources to develop guidance on biomass harvesting that would balance the need for alternative energy sources with the need to protect forest resources for all citizens and future generations.