Tuolumne County Wood Products Processing Facility Expands

Jamestown, CA – A group is moving forward with efforts to build a facility at Chinese Camp that will house biomass and produce wood pellets.

Golden State Natural Resources is a non-profit organization established in 2018 with the goal of improving forest health, reducing wildfire risk, and helping local economies.

It is expected that many of the wood pellets will be shipped to overseas markets where demand is high. The plant will be located on J-59 at the Keystone site formerly owned by Sierra Pacific Industries.

An open house, where the project will be discussed, and organizers will answer questions, will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Rocca Park in downtown Jamestown.

Greg Norton, president and CEO of Golden State Natural Resources, provided insight during the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors meeting last week. He said: “Our team will share the development of a wood pellet biomass facility and manufacturing plant in the county. We will also discuss ecological benefits, economic development impacts, and other community impacts.

Norton says GSR is a 501C3 non-profit organization with a mandate for forest resilience and economic development.

Adding, “Our mission calls on us to restore forest health, help revitalize California’s wood products industry, and also invest in rural California.”

A similar plant is also being developed by the organization in Lassen County.

GSNR is conducting statewide and local outreach activities as it prepares to issue a Notice of Readiness (NOP) this summer. The NOP will begin the formal environmental scoping process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and provide more detailed information about the proposed project. During this time, public agencies, organizations and interested members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments on all aspects of the proposed project.

Additional project information can be found here.

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