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Cleaner Air through Cleaner Burning in Hood River, Oregon | by NRCS Oregon
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Cleaner Air through Cleaner Burning in Hood River, Oregon

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Over the last two growing seasons, fruit grower Cindy Collins and about 20 of her neighbors are using an air curtain burner--commonly called a 'burn box'--to safely and cleanly burn their orchard pruning wood and diseased tree wood. The burn box was purchased in 2014 with a Conservation Innovation Grant by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with the Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers and Hood River County. Compared to traditional burn piles, the burn

box produces little to no smoke and significantly

reduces the amount of particulates being

discharged into the air. In fact, NRCS estimates

that in 2015 alone, Hood River fruit growers

eliminated 1.35 tons of particulate matter from

entering the air by using the burn box instead of

open-pile burning. NRCS photo by Tracy Robillard.

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Taken on April 27, 2015