Two Texas County Schools will benefit from a grant program funded through the Missouri Department of Conservation. Houston High School and Summersville Elementary both received funds for renovations to boiler buildings which house wood burning heating units. The new heating systems will use wood waste from nearby sawmills, therefore saving money and using a renewable resource.

Missouri’s Fuels for Schools program began in 2009 when MDC was awarded a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support projects using wood to heat schools. According to the Department of Conservation, schools like Summersville and Houston are ideal for the grant program because of access to small poorly formed trees that can be thinned from the forest, removing disease and insect infested trees, allowing better growth. MDC awarded grants of $305,000 to both the Summersville and Houston projects.

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