Introduction to Forest Biomass

Woody biomass is one category within the larger umbrella of biomass, which is defined as any organic plant and animal material as well as products and residues generated from these materials.  Woody biomass comprises residues of the wood processing industry, post-consumer woody waste materials and agricultural residues in addition to material arising from forest management or fuels reduction activities. Forest biomass includes small-diameter woody material, damaged or low-valued trees, the branches and tops (slash) and diseased or insect infested wood. (credit: UCANR)

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