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Montana Forest Fuel Collection Business, All Woody Resources, Wins USDA/RD Grant

June 23, 2006View for printing

It's easy to find uses for small-diameter trees and woody biomass. It's not so easy to find a cost-effective way of getting that material from the forest to the people who can use it. But Craig Thomas and his Ravalli County business, All Woody Resources, are working on a method of collecting logging debris at the job site using special container trucks capable of going wherever logging trucks go - with the goal of making small-wood collection in Montana's forests economically feasible for the first time.

The company's effort got a significant boost in April in the form of a $228,000 check presented in person by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary for Rural Development Thomas Dorr. The check was part of $4.2 million in USDA Forest Service grants given to 18 small businesses whose work helps remove economic barriers to the use and marketing of woody material, Dorr told a wind-whipped crowd at the Johnson Brothers wood recycling yard in Missoula.

By Christensen, Tyler

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