A truck filled with wood chips pulls up to the Concord Steam plant off of Pleasant Street in Concord on Friday. Photos by GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff
There is one group that’s really going to miss Concord’s unique wood-powered steam heating system as it shuts down over the next year or two: Loggers.
“It’s a link in the chain – and you know what happens when you take a link out,” said Marlo Herrick, who owns Hopkinton Forestry and LandClearing with her husband, David.
Hopkinton Forestry is one of several land-clearing companies that for years has chipped low-grade wood like treetops and limbs at logging sites and sold the chips to Concord Steam, which burns around 50,000 tons of such chips each year to power the state’s only municipal district heating system.