Fostering Forest Stewardship's Triple Bottom Line
Restoring Local Communities, Healthy Forest and Forest Stewardship Economy
The Blue Mountain communities of West Point, Wilseyville, Rail Road Flat and Glencoe have long faced challenges resulting from the collapse of the timber industry and closure of more than two dozen local sawmills. New economic opportunities are few and lost jobs haven’t been replaced. To address these needs and to provide an outlet for excess forest fuels, CHIPS began work in 2004 to develop a small wood products business campus at a former sawmill site located in the community of Wilseyville.
CHIPS’ wood products campus will feature a community-scale biomass to energy plant that will reduce wildfire danger by cleanly converting forest overgrowth into renewable energy while generating revenue from byproducts such as biochar, syngas or bio-oil. The campus will include value-added wood product businesses such wood chip, biochar and soil amendment operations. Background photo courtesy of Patricia Blagen Bradly.