JEFFERSON CITY — Seven schools and school districts in southern Missouri will share nearly $6 million in federal grants to burn wood.
The "Fuels for Schools" grants will pay for installing and operating systems to burn local biomass for heating and cooling.
Biomass includes debris, diseased wood and trees too small for logging. All of the schools and districts are in heavily wooded areas.
The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates that schools can save 25 to 75 percent on heating by burning biomass instead of oil or natural gas.
The grants were awarded to the Southern Reynolds County R-II District; Perry County 32 District; Steelville R-III School District; Rolla 31 District Junior High Building; Gainesville R-V District; Eminence R-I Elementary; and Mountain View-Birch Tree Liberty High School.