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for Carolina Country Vol. 10 Issue 5, May 1978
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More than two-thirds of North Carolina is covered by forests, but the state could face a severe timber shortage in less than twenty-five years because of a lack of forest maintenance. There are issues with small landowners, who own almost eight-percent of the state’s commercial timberland. Quality trees are cut for sale but are not replanted after harvesting, leading to under stocked, deteriorating timberland.
Wood could become an important energy source for North Carolina’s industrial firms, farmers and even homeowners. Forestry experts estimate that unutilized tree material and wood residue could provide at least one-hundred-million tons of wood fuel each year. Wood can be made into fuel pellets which would burn better than raw fuels.