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Forest officials ship Arizona wood chips to South Korea

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 14:58:03-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Forest officials are shipping wood chips from an Arizona forest-thinning project to South Korea to test if it could become a viable option to dispose of excess plant matter.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Tuesday that 60 shipping containers of wood chips are expected to reach South Korea next month.

JA International plans to use the wood chips for power generation. The South Korean company covered the transportation costs of the one-time shipment.

The shipment aims test if the project could be scaled up.

Northern Arizona University researcher Jeff Halbrook says the project is going well so far, but they need balance transportation costs for it to become long term.

Officials have been looking for ways to utilize better utilize the leftovers from forest thinning.