Wednesday, November 5, 2008

N.B. issues first-ever biomass policy

About a million cubic metres of tree tops, twigs, branches will be available every year as fuel for power generation under New Brunswick's first biomass policy, which was announced on Tuesday.

The policy, which aims to set guidelines for harvesting biomass from the forest and to assess the impact of that harvest is a delicate balance, said Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault. It has to offer industry access to a valuable resource that can be turned into fuel while maintaining a healthy forest system.

"You can only take so much off the forest floor without hurting the reforestation process," Arseneault told CBCNews.ca. "It is important we have a sustainable resource."

The department spent two years developing the policy with researchers at the University of New Brunswick.

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