Colorado companies get grants to use unwanted trees |

Colorado companies get grants to use unwanted trees

DENVER – Three Colorado companies have each been awarded a $250,000 federal grant to convert small or damaged trees into fuel sources or other uses.

The recipients, announced Wednesday, are the Independent Log Co. of Alamosa, Intermountain Resources LLC of Montrose and Rogue Resources Inc./More Lumber of Milner.

The material, called woody biomass, consists of small, “low-value” trees or trees damaged by insects, disease or weather.

The recipients must contribute at least 20 percent of the project cost.

The grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Since 2005, the program has awarded more than $26.3 million for projects ranging from biomass boilers for schools and prisons to equipment to make logging companies and timber mills more efficient.

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