Biomass supports NH families
April 25. 2018 7:02PM
To the Editor: I am a logger and lifelong resident of Loudon, with a deep connection to this state. My family came to New Hampshire from Scotland in 1651. Today, my wife Jamie and I own Magoon Logging in Loudon. We are included among the 900 jobs and $250 million of annual economic activity supported by the state’s six independent biomass power plants. By working in the logging and biomass chip markets, my company creates jobs and provides a livelihood for my employees and their families.
Biomass enables us to do the selective harvesting our landowners want. At Magoon Logging, every year we produce more than 500 loads of low-grade timber (e.g. wood chips,) 1.5-1.8 million board feet of saw logs, and 1,500 cords of log-length firewood. In addition to my employees, my company’s production also supports jobs in sawmills, wood yards, and biomass power plants.
At a legislative hearing on Senate Bill 365, I heard state representatives debate whether biomass power was worth keeping and heard them say biomass power benefits just the North Country. Me, my family, and my crew are great examples of how biomass power benefits the entire state.
Every day hundreds of loggers and crews enter New Hampshire’s forests to earn a living cutting timber and making wood chips. We all want to see it continue. We hope the leadership in Concord support us and thousands of New Hampshire families like ours by supporting our biomass power plants.