Nebraska officials believe the state's trees might be able to provide fuel for biomass energy projects, so this summer they will inventory the state's forest resources.
The Nebraska Forest Service plans to visit randomly selected
locations in 48 of the state's counties between April and September
to evaluate trees.
Woody biomass is an underutilized resource that can be used to heat buildings. And using wood chips as a source of heat or to generate electricity can be significantly cheaper than other options.
Because much of Nebraska's trees are on private land, the Forest
Service will be have to ask permission to check out farm windbreaks
and other private plantings.