Governor Schweitzer: Montana has Great Opportunities in Biomass

Today, while biomass experts are meeting in Missoula at a Western Governors Association bioenergy workshop hosted by Montana, Governor Brian Schweitzer announced a new study conducted by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. It reveals a substantial supply of biomass to meet existing utilization demands, and potentially much more.

“Biomass is one more leg under the table of our energy future. We will continue to find ways to use this valuable resource as we manage forests near our towns and reduce the fire threat presented by red trees,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer, who will take over as Chair of the Western Governors Association in June. “Better yet, we can help to ensure the viability of timber jobs in an industry that is very important to both western Montana communities and forest health alike.”

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