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Policy Makers Should Build on Carbon-Neutral Designation of Biomass

This week's long-awaited designation by EPA of woody biomass as a carbon neutral resource is a welcome development within the U.S. forestry sector. It's a formal recognition by the Trump administration of what wood-to-energy advocates have been saying for nearly a decade: Sustainably produced and managed forest biomass can offer valuable clean energy contributions and important carbon sequestration services to mitigate climate change, while bolstering rural communities and reducing wildfire risks. Now, it is time to move ahead on the policies and regulations that can accelerate the development of this important energy source.