2010 Feb. 4: ME: Maine critics are talking about the President’s $ for Biomass Plan announced yesterday

2010 Feb. 4: ME: Maine critics are talking about the President’s $ for Biomass Plan announced yesterday
 
1.  Don’t make it easier to cut down trees in Maine (Natural Resources Council of Maine).
2.  Trees are not limitless in Maine (Maine Forest Service).
 
But critics of the so-called federal B-CAP program say it’s not good policy to simply throw money at biomass producers.

"The Biomass Crop Assistance Program is not a good idea, we believe, because all it is doing is paying landowners for practices that they’re going to engage in anyway, and it’s just making it easier to cut down trees," says Nick Bennet, staff scientist for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Bennet says the state’s forests are already heavily used by industries, including pulp and paper, wood pellets, lumber and biomass. "And there simply isn’t a lot more wood out there," he says. "The latest data from the Maine Forest Service show that we’re harvesting about as much wood as we’re growing right now, so there is not a limitless potential of wood in Maine’s forests."

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