Whitefish, Montana [Daily Interlake] When is a tree more than a tree? When it’s chopped and chipped into fuel, one Whitefish company has discovered. Since its beginning in 2001, Western Woodfuels has focused solely on fuels reduction. David Russell and a seasonal employee would thin forest stands on private property. Marketable logs were sent to the mill. Slash would be chipped and left on site or hauled off to create compost and topsoil. Finishing projects this way never sat well with Russell. Surely those limbs and small trees could be used for something other than compost.