Pelletization of Forest Wildfire Fuels in Western Canada

Forests in British Columbia have significant areas that need to be managed to limit the danger of fire and disease. Under current management approaches, there are few cost-effective options available to areas that are not already regularly harvested. A holistic analysis of pelletization of these materials could show that the sale of wood pellets, as well as the reduction in fire suppression and forest management costs and the increase in tax base would generate a net profit to the province and the businesses associated with the management.

Intern: 
Ryan Jacobson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Shahab Sokhansanj;Bhushan Gopaluni
Province: 
British Columbia
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