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Disposal of dead trees, slash, and thinnings - Agriculture - Forestry

Dead trees and wood from forest thinning can be chipped, dried, and converted to renewable energy while eliminating disposal costs. Disposal by gasification also has far lower particulate emissions than controlled burns and a lower carbon footprint than decomposition, since methane emissions from anaerobic decomposition are avoided. Decomposing wood reverts all of its carbon content to CO2, but gasification sequesters a portion of it as charcoal waste, usable as biochar.