Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that a study by the Georgia
Institute of Technology for the Georgia Forestry Commission shows
that in 2011, economic activity generated by the forestry industry
topped $25 billion in output and provided 118,459 jobs.
“I am proud to see our state retain its position as a national
forestry leader,” said Deal. “Our 24 million acres of
forests are one of Georgia’s most valuable natural resources, and
the dedication of the men and women in the forestry community drive
that success. I’m confident our sustainably grown forests will be
providing both economic and environmental benefits for generations
of Georgians to come.”
Highlights of the “Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in
Georgia: 2011” report include
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks and Announcements –
Introduction of Conference Co-Chairs, Steve
McWilliams, President, Georgia Forestry Assoc.
KEYNOTE: Honorable Harris Sherman, Under
Secretary for Natural Resources and
Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, DC/Introduced by Honorable Gary
Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of
That’s the title of slide 10 of 21 in
Center of Innovation – Energy (CIE)
by Jill Stuckey, Director.
Actually, massively pesticided planted pines dominate south Georgia’s land use;
not the same as actual forests with species diversity and diverse ages of trees.
The same CIE slide equates
Georgia Forestry = Biomass Energy
That is what the state government seems to want it to be.
Back on slide 9, solar is defined as a southwestern regional energy
source; nevermind that the solar map on that page shows Georgia
with the same insolation as most of Texas (more on that later).
And wind is defined as a central U.S. regional strength,
nevermind that even Georgia Power has started exploring the
possibility of wind off the Georgia coast.
I get it that Georgia has trees and forestry is a big industry in Georgia.
I’m a tree farmer myself.
I’d love to be convinced that biomass from trees is one good way to go.
But at what costs?
And compared to what?
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