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The Boardman acreage requires incredible amounts of water and fertilizer. Few seem to understand that it is a giant hydroponics project. Long ago the poplar grown there was supposed to be a good wood for paper production - ignoring all of the research in the Southern US that it is not a species companies really want. Boardman has soaked up tons of money on one "plan" after another to make it profitable. This whole biofuels issue does nothing but create high salaries for entrepreneurs.
What biofuels research should concentrate on are small plants in major cities to convert restaurant waste like vegetable oil to fuel.
The research also shows that to take increasing levels of biomass from forestry operations hurts the long term productivity of forest soils. Basically site index goes down as the land is stressed by decreasing levels of organic matter. We should be leaving as much OM on clear cut sites as possible. The slash should be left on the land. Even if burned on site, the ash acts as a fertilizer. This is common knowledge.
These biofuels "experts" are basically wasting our tax money.
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