From forest to farm: Using woodchips from crowded forests in sustainable water quality practices

January 9, 2023 1:30 PM

“It’s like weeding your garden,” Billy Beck said. “But instead of throwing the weeds into the yard, you are chopping them up and using them to clean water.” Think of a garden, but bigger. By working together, the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management are studying the process behind weeding out certain species of trees in forests to help other trees grow, and using those weeded-out trees for water quality practices. The underutilized trees will be chopped into woodchips, a common media for water quality improvements.

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