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Oct. 27, 2009, Simcoe, ON – Almost 25% of canadianbiomassmagazine.ca visitors feel that the emerging forest biomass sector will compete with Canada’s traditional forest products sector for fibre, according to an informal poll conducted between late August and mid-October.


October 27, 2009
By Scott Jamieson


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Oct. 27, 2009, Simcoe, ON – Almost 25% of www.canadianbiomassmagazine.ca visitors feel that the emerging forest biomass sector will compete with Canada’s traditional forest products sector for fibre, according to an informal poll conducted between late August and mid-October. Still, over 63% of respondents felt that there are regions where traditional forest operations have left a gap for biomass operations to slide right in, or areas where underused wood types may provide fibre for new biomass operations. Beyond that, an additional 12% felt the whole debate is pointless – In a free market economy, competition is good, so let the best business model win.

In other words, over three-quarters of our respondents see real opportunity for the forest biomass and bioenergy sector to emerge as a partner or competitor to the existing forest products sector. In the face of shuttered mills and underused forest resources, we see that as a good thing.

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