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FAIRBANKS - A state forestry official said he's fielded several inquiries from companies interested in producing wood pellets to be used for heat.
Doug Hanson, a Division of Forestry resource manager, said a forest inventory being conducted could help turn that idea into reality.
The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation helped secure funding for the inventory.
Project manager Cassie Pinkel said the effort will help provide a sustainable supply of materials for businesses interested in energy projects including pellet plants.
Pellet plants often are set up near mills with lots of waste wood.
Pinkel also sees potential in black spruce, which could be culled from commercial harvest areas and clear-cuts.