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The argument that there is a "surplus" of woody forest material because of modern fire supression is really only valid for the dry forests east of the Cascades. There's a lot of argument about the roll of fire West of the mountains where the vast majority of Oregon's forest biomass is located, but the trend is away from the notion that natural fire cycles were the norm. There is some evidence that the giant, stand replacing fires of the past were an anomaly, that very small, very infrequent fires were the rule in the ancient forests before white settlement. Again, there is no, or very little "waste" in natural systems. There is no vast pool of untapped energy out there in the forest. It's mostly spoken for already by the great myriad of organisms that make the existance of the trees possible in the first place. We usurp those claims at our great peril.
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