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Residential Firewood Use in the United States

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Science  25 Mar 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4591, pp. 1425-1427
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4591.1425

Abstract

An empirical relation between residential firewood use and population density was developed from survey data for 64 counties in New England and was corroborated by data from other states. The results indicate that usage is concentrated in urbanized areas of the Northeast and north central states and that about 9.0 to 11.0 percent of U.S. space heating input is from firewood. No constraints due to the supply of wood were apparent in 1978-1979. These findings have implications for effects on air quality.

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