Mesquite Fuels and Agriculture announced today that they will have an information meeting in San Saba to explain and answer questions about their NO COST mesquite clearing program. Mesquite Fuels and Agriculture Inc., is a Texas based company that utilizes waste wood to generate electricity and they have selected San Saba County with its excess of mesquite and juniper as a location for possible harvest and clearing.
The essentials of the program are that Mesquite Fuels will use clearing methods suited to each property and property owner to eliminate unwanted mesquite trees. Jack Lauterbach, responsible for operation at Mesquite Fuels noted that MFA has utilized local clearing contractors at operations in Jones and Tom Green counties where clearing is currently taking place. Mr. Lauterbach noted that local clearing crews may have already worked on a particular ranch property and would be familiar with the owner and the soil and topography which would allow a sensible approach.
Trees or brush harvested are typically trucked no more than 30 to 40 miles to a medium sized power plant. The power plant is technically proven and produces electricity with very low emissions. John Robins, president of Mesquite Fuels notes that such a plant in the San Saba region could produce jobs, assist with the local tax base and probably just as important generate electricity with sustainable non-fossil fuel that originates in Texas and is used in Texas.
Mr. Robins further noted the multiple community wide advantages of a mesquite clearing program including land clearing for property owners, increased water flow into the San Saba river system, eliminating burning of cleared wood piles, brush control reducing fire hazards; and the economic gains for both a city and county that participates in a clearing program.
The information meeting will be held on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the San Saba Civic Center at 5:30pm inside Mill Pond Park on Hwy 190 East.
Refreshments will be provided.