Tapping Our Forests for Green Energy


Federally owned forests in the United States are facing financial and ecological problems. At the same time, the public’s growing concern over environmental issues and future energy sources are pushing the promotion of renewable energy. Is increasing the amount of America’s energy coming from forests a viable solution? In this case study Alison Berry explores the pros and cons of using woody biomass to create ethanol, electricity, and heat.

This Case Study has been published as an e-zine, an electronic magazine. To turn the pages, click on the corners. We have also provided a PDF for downloading.

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Alison Berry was a research fellow at PERC specializing in forest economics and policy.  She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in forestry from the University of Montana.  Prior to joining PERC, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a supervisory botanist and forestry technician. She has...
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