Forests for Maine’s Future – Fresh from the Woods Journal – Wood: an enduring energy source

The sometimes mesmerizing look of a fire blazing in a wood stove. (Photo: The Rankin File)

The sometimes mesmerizing look of a fire blazing in a wood stove. (Photo: The Rankin File)

Forests for Maine’s Future – Fresh from the Woods Journal – Wood: an enduring energy source.

I have my energy source at hand, and plan to keep it that way.  Small house, highly insulated, southern exposure, and 5 acre plot of land, mostly wooded.  I’m good with wood.

Good read here- it’s surprising how few garner the most accessible fuel there is- “As late as 1940, 53 percent of Maine homes were heated with wood, according to U.S. Census data. By 1970 that had dropped to 2 percent. After the oil price shocks of the 1970s it shot up to 15 percent. By 2000 it had dipped to 6.4 percent and in 2009 stood at 8.7 percent.”

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to Forests for Maine’s Future – Fresh from the Woods Journal – Wood: an enduring energy source

  1. Rockdawg69 says:

    Hope the wood pile is at the door. Too much white stuff to go out and dig it out. Hang in there, the red maples are blooming here. Spring can’t be far behind. Hope all is well with all in your neck of the woods.
    I’m waiting for all the water to go away so we can get back to cleaning up last November’s logging operation. Too wet on the farm to get a dozer working, even one with LGP tracks (extra wide swamp tracks).

    • tjamrog says:

      So good to hear from you again , Rockdawg. We have a solid connection even though we met so briefly in Gatlinberg in 2007. Hope all is back on track again with you for the coming hiking season.

  2. Rockdawg69 says:

    You’re my hero Tom. Got to stay in touch with someone who can hike like you do.
    Have been planning to re-start the AT this spring to finish the walk, but not sure it will happen. Lots of heart problems with our mom have been taking all my time for last couple of years. Will let you know if I get back out for a serious attempt – only 1300 to go!

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