Forest Service Solicits Grant Proposals to Expand Wood Products, Wood Energy Markets, and Community Forests

Release Date: Oct 21, 2021

Contact(s): Jonathan Groveman


VALLEJO, Calif. — The USDA Forest Service announced today approximately $13 million nationwide, in new funding opportunities, to support market innovation in wood products and wood energy.

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 of high wildfire risk.

"The Wood Innovations Grant program has a long track record of success and strengthens and accelerates emerging markets for innovative wood products like mass timber and cross-laminated timber,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Bronaugh. “Healthy and productive markets for wood products and wood energy are integral to supporting sustainable forest management and improving the condition of our national forests.”

The Community Wood Grant Program helps fund the costs of installing wood energy systems or building innovative wood product facilities. Grants awarded under the Wood Innovations Program address the nationwide challenge of reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, disease, and pest infestations by retaining or by expanding existing markets for excess biomass and low-value logs removed during forest management activities. The material removed 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-air burning of excess or low-value biomass.

The application period for both grant programs closes on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Since 2015, the Community Wood and Wood Innovation grant programs have provided more than $62 million to 288 recipients to support wood products and wood energy projects.

Interested applicants in California should contact Larry Swan, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region wood and biomass utilization program manager, at Laurence.Swan@usda.gov with questions pertaining to application process.

Additionally, we will share information and answer questions on how to apply for the grants during the following webinar:

Topic: Wood Innovations Grant Pre-Applications Webinar R5

Time: Nov 17, 2021 14:00 Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.

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Key Contacts

Media Relations Main Line:
707-562-8995

Email (send questions):
SM.FS.MediaDeskR5@usda.gov

Jonathan Groveman (Media Relations Officer):
707-562-8995

Paul Wade (Media Relations Back Up):
707-562-9010