Pine beetle infestation and other blights have devastated over 60 million acres of forests across Western U.S. and Canada. In addition, fire suppression has allowed forests to become overstocked with old and dead trees, further fueling the risk of catastrophic wildfire, infestation, and habitat loss.
The Earth Partners has worked with the U.S. Forest Service and conservation organizations to restore degraded forests by creating a market for diseased trees, forest residues, and other low-grade timber resources. In South Dakota, this material has been used as a source of conservation biomass to produce wood pellets for animal bedding and industrial absorption.
The Earth Partners’ Bioeconomy Capital division is developing a pipeline of bioheating, animal bedding, absorbents, packaging, and soil amendment production assets, utilizing our identified fiber baskets in Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota, and other target landscapes for restoration.