Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh today announced approximately $13 million in new funding opportunities to support innovation in the wood and wood energy products market. The announcement was made during a virtual “Leaders for the Built Environment” event and kicks off National Forest Products Week as President Biden proclaimed. Organized by the Forest Service, Dovetail partners, Carpentry and the Softwood Lumber Councilthe event aimed to challenge senior executives from the companies in attendance – like Walmart and Microsoft – to explore how massive wood construction can support their climate and sustainability goals.
The USDA Forest Service is now accepting applications for these funds through the 2022 Wood Innovations Grant Program and the 2022 Community Wood Grant Program. These grants are designed to develop and expand the use of wood products and strengthen emerging wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, particularly in areas at high risk of wildfire.
“The Wood Innovations Grant program has a long track record of success and strengthens and accelerates emerging markets for innovative wood products like solid wood and cross-laminated timber,” said Assistant Secretary Bronaugh. “Healthy and productive markets for wood products and wood energy are essential to support sustainable forest management and improve the condition of our national forests.
The Community Wood Grant program helps fund the costs of installing wood energy systems or building innovative wood products facilities. Grants awarded through the Wood Innovations program address the national challenge of reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, disease and pest infestations by maintaining or expanding existing markets for excess biomass and low-grade logs. value derived from forest management activities. The mined material supports both new and traditional markets, as well as local economic development. The removed material also reduces carbon emissions that would otherwise result from the open burning of excess or low-value biomass.
The application period for both grant programs closes on January 19, 2022.
Since 2015, the Community Wood and Wood Innovation grant programs have provided more than $62 million to 288 grantees to support wood products and wood energy projects.
The Forest Service will share information and answer questions about how to apply for the grants during a webinar on November 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. EST. For more information on grants and instructions on how to attend the webinar, visit the Forest Service website Wood Innovations website.
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