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Firewood in demand but it's a tough business to get right

If you have already received approval for a thinning or tending grant for broadleaves, do not let it lie unused. The Forest Service's attitude to funding these days seems to be to use it or lose it, and future agricultural budgets will be tighter than ever.

There is a good demand for timber at present, especially for hardwood thinnings, with the many new entrants to the firewood business competing for whatever is available. Oddly, a number of longer established firewood producers are cutting back on their activity but that is a story for another day.

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