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USDA Forest Service Announces $8 Million in Grants Through Wood Innovations Program

Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Chippewa National Forest putting on a fall color show at the Norway Beach Recreation Area. (Photo credit: Forest Service)

The USDA 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 January 23, 2019.

Grants provided through the agency’s Wood Innovations Program simultaneously boost local economies while making communities safer by reducing hazardous fuels on the landscape.

In 2019 the program will invest up to $8 million in projects designed to have a long-term impact on both Forest Service and other forest lands. Funding is available to support a diverse range of activities, such as completing the engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting necessary in the final stages of commercial construction projects that use wood as a primary building material; establishing Statewide Wood Utilization Teams and Statewide Wood Energy Teams; and developing clusters of wood energy projects in a geographic area.

Since 2005, over 310 grants have been awarded to small businesses, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, tribes, states, and local governments to promote the economic and environmental health of communities. Since 2013, this funding has also helped establish 10 Statewide Wood Utilization Teams and 22 Statewide Wood Energy Teams that collectively expand and support wood products and wood energy markets.

October 21-27 was National Forest Products Week, when the Agency recognized how vital American forests are to our well-being and national prosperity. October 24 is celebrated as National Bioenergy Day, a day to support and highlight the many benefits that bioenergy provides at the local level, including vibrant rural economies and forest health.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is January 23, 2019. Information on how to apply is available on the Wood Innovations homepage.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains world-renowned forestry research and wildland fire management organizations. National forests and grasslands contribute more than $30 billion to the American economy annually and support nearly 360,000 jobs. These lands also provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities; approximately 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.

To view the original press release on the USDA Forest Service website, visit

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