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USFS Announces $8 Million To Expand Wood Products, Wood Energy Markets

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service invites grant applications for projects that expand wood product and wood energy markets, reduce wildfire risk, and improve forest health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2019. Grants provided through the agency’s Wood Innovations Program simultaneously boost local economies while helping make communities safer through the reduction of hazardous fuels […]

USFS Awards Grants To Expand Wood Energy, Wood Products Markets

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds from 36 business, university, nonprofit, and tribal partners in 19 states for a total investment of over $45 million. The public-private partnerships leveraged […]

Wood For Energy Use In Schools, Hospitals, and Other Facilities Growing

The State of Institutional Woody Biomass Facilities in the United States, a report just released by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, is available at This report, based on research by Katie Premo, Endowment intern, and Kate MacFarland, USDA Forest Service (USFS) staff, fills the gap and points to the growth in use […]

USFS Awards Colorado Stewardship Contracts

Stands of dead timber in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs will be among those harvested during the next decade under a stewardship contract announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service. The $4.75 million contract awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling is one of two such contracts totaling $13.4 million. A second, […]

U.S. Forest Service Awards Nearly $4 Million For Renewable Wood Energy Projects

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced the award of nearly $4 million in grants for wood energy projects around the country to help expand regional economies and create new jobs. The grants, totaling $3.92 million, will be distributed to 20 small businesses, community groups and tribes to develop renewable energy projects that require engineering services. […]

Forest Products Lab To Open First-Of-Its-Kind Pilot Plant

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. this week opened a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials. A grand-opening ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and […]

Forest Products Lab Hosts Important Wood-To-Energy Roundtable

Arthur “Butch” Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, paid a visit to the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., recently to convene an important roundtable discussion on wood-to-energy concerns in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Among the participants were wood scientists and technology transfer authorities from FPL and […]

SAF Report Covers Carbon, Energy Benefits Of Forests and Biomass

A recent report provides new ideas surrounding carbon and energy benefits forests and forest products provide. The report, Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy, summarizes and analyzes the most recent science regarding forests and carbon accounting, biomass use, and forest carbon offsets. The report emerged from the Society of […]

U.S. Forest Service Awards Grant To Biomass Council

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Resource Professional Group (RPG) recently announced that they were awarded a $70,000 grant by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). The planned project will promote energy cost savings and environmental improvement of commercial buildings by educating building architects and biomass appliance manufacturers on wood […]

Wood Biofuel Industry Rising In Pacific Northwest

A recently awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant will help launch a viable, sustainable biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. The $40 million grant directs Washington State University and the University of Washington to create the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). The substantial grant will help the nation develop renewable energy resources from forest […]


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