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Traditional Energy Sources. Peat Harvesting . Peat is partially decomposed plant matter (mostly sphagnum moss) present in coastal regions of NC in swampy areas called pocosins . Peat will eventually become coal after millions and millions of years.

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peat harvesting
Peat Harvesting
  • Peat is partially decomposed plant matter (mostly sphagnum moss) present in coastal regions of NC in swampy areas called pocosins.
  • Peat will eventually become coal after millions and millions of years.
  • Like wood, peat can be burned as a heat source.
  • Peat does not form fast enough to be a renewable resource.
harvesting trees
Harvesting Trees
  • Due to our climate and large land area NC and much of the US has the potential to use forests as an economic resource
  • When managed correctly, forests can be a renewable resource.
deforestation part of our history
Deforestation – Part of OUR history
  • When managed incorrectly, deforestation can result in environmental catastrophe!
  • In the early 1900’s our mountains were largely deforested.
  • This resulted in huge fires and massive mud slides.
  • Even after 75 years, our mountain forests are still recovering.
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