Wood Innovations Projects in CA, HI and American Samoa Receive Over $13.3M in Grants Funding

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Investing in wood products and wood energy in local economies

VALLEJO, Calif. — Wood Innovations, Community Wood, and Wood Product Infrastructure Assistance funding awards were announced today. California, Hawai'i and American Samoa will receive just over $13.3 million to invest in 29 grants as part of a nationwide $47 million investment made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.

These grants are meant to spark innovation, create new markets for wood products and renewable wood energy from sustainably sourced wood, and increase the capacity of wood processing facilities. This includes expanding modern wood use — as construction material in commercial buildings, as an energy source, and as manufacturing and processing for wood products used in framing homes and more.

The funded proposals include:

  • California: 26 projects funded for $12.7 million, including three tribal projects.
  • Hawai'i: Two projects funded for $600,000.
  • American Samoa: One project funded for $43,000 and the first Wood Innovations grant to a U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Island.

Taken together, the funding will contribute to six mass timber projects, nine new facilities, and 14 existing facilities set to expand or restart.

“These grants for wood utilization projects in California, Hawai'i, and even now American Samoa will help jobs and economic development in rural and tribal communities,” said Jim DiPasquale, Wood and Biomass Utilization Specialist for the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region.

“At the same time, supporting markets for wood products and biomass helps reduce hazardous fuels across all lands in California, including the Wildfire Crisis Strategy landscapes.”

Made possible in part by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, these funds are being invested in projects nationwide through Community Wood Grants and a Wood Innovations Grants — longstanding Forest Service programs to promote innovation in wood products and renewable wood energy economies.

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