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Community Economic Profile: Buncombe and Orange County Examples

By: Matthew Langholtz, Douglas Carter, Alan Hodges, Annie Oxarart, Richard Schroeder, James Jeuck NC Woody Biomass

In the southern United States, communities with increasing populations and nearby forests may be able to consider using woody biomass to generate energy. A variety of other factors must also be considered, such as the price of existing energy sources, competing markets for wood, community acceptance and the economic availability of wood resources. To gain a better understanding of the range of possibilities for economic availability and the local economic impacts of using wood for energy, Buncombe and Orange counties were selected for analysis in this community economic profile. This document is for forestry professionals and county planners to understand the Community Economic Profile and Analysis Process.