USDA Forest Service to invest more than $10 million across Oregon, Washington to strengthen the wood products economy

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Contact(s): Kristin Carver


Investments will support local jobs, healthy forests through innovation

Portland, Ore., May 14, 2024 — The USDA Forest Service has announced it is investing more than $10 million in 23 projects across Oregon and Washington to spark innovation, create new markets for wood products and renewable wood energy, and increase the capacity of wood processing facilities.

The investments are part of a broader $73.9 million in nationwide investments to support the wood products economy and healthy forests and are made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and annual appropriations.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting innovation in the wood products and wood energy economies, which are at the heart of so many small towns, especially in Tribal and rural communities,” said Deputy Secretary Torres Small. “These investments will support good paying jobs for families and communities. It will increase the economy’s capacity to manufacture wood products. In turn, sustainably sourcing the wood used to manufacture these products will make our forests healthier and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.”

The wood products economy is vital to the health of the forests in the Pacific Northwest. Sustainably sourcing materials for wood products directly supports efforts to improve forest health. Removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation reduces wildfire risk, improves forest health, and creates wildlife habitat, all while supporting the forest products economy.

"These investments help rural communities thrive by contributing to economic wellbeing and job creation,” said Jacque Buchanan, Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. “"Working with the forest products industry, these grants enable the development of cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices that ensure our forests remain a vital, renewable resource for generations to come." 

The Forest Service is awarding grants to entities across the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its Wood Innovations Grant, Community Wood Grant, and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant Programs. Grant funding will support proposals that increase demand and create new and innovative uses for sustainably sourced wood. Funded proposals include converting heating systems in schools to sustainable biomass boilers, installing cutting-edge equipment in sawmills and processing facilities to increase efficiency, supporting innovative housing using mass timber, and more.

In Oregon, more than $6.2 million in projects are being funded. The funded proposals are:

Name

Project Title

Award Amount

Wood Innovation Grants

Brocks Wood Lot LLC

Brocks Wood Lot LLC Sawmill Expansion

$50,699

Community Development Partners

Julia West' Mass Timber Building Engineering and Design

$300,000

Elk Creek Forest Products

Resaw Equipment Installation Project

$300,000

Go Lab, Inc.

Planning to Support Increasing Wood Products Manufacturing Capacity in Southern Oregon

$300,000

Jennifer Bonner MALL LLC

Blank House: A Model for Aspect Ratios in Seismic Zones

$125,000

Oregon State University

Bringing Point-Supported Mass Timber Structures to Commercial Viability in the USA

$299,164

Timberlab, Inc.

Design for Mass Timber Manufacturing

$330,000

Williams & Russell CDC

Design for Black Business Hub Mass Timber Building

$300,000

Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant

Brocks Wood Lot LLC

 Community Firewood Program Wood Waste Kiln System Installation

$389,656

Gilchrist Forest Products, LLC

Gilchrist Forest Products Chip Reloader Expansion

$900,000

Iron Triangle LLC

Iron Triangle Biomass Utilization Efficiency Improvement Project

$981,651

Community Wood Grant

CutMyTimber

Expansion of Mass Timber Fabrication Capacity

$1,000,000

Timberlab, Inc

Timberlab Mass Timber Fabrication Expansion

$1,000,000

In Washington, more than $4 million in projects are being funded. The funded proposals are:

Name

Project Title

Award Amount

Wood Innovation Grants

Clark/Barnes PLLC

Ballard Hotel - Design Manual for Mass Timber in the Hospitality Market

$300,000

LSW Architects

Growing Forests Growing Kids - Outreach for Mass Timber in Schools

$80,000

Mercer Spokane

WA6: Go-to-market Product Certification of a Six-Story Mass Timber System for a Legislatively Mandated Single-Stair Housing Building Code in Washington

$300,000

Mt. Baker Housing Association

Overcoming Funding and Market Barriers to Utilizing Mass Timber in High Rise

$300,000

Pacific Northwest Renewable Energy LLC

Planning for Pacific Northwest Renewable Energy/Port of Grays Harbor Pellet Plant

$300,000

Pacific Rim Tonewoods

Transforming Soundboards - Improved Efficiency, Sonic Grading, Product Expansion

$298,326

StructureCraft

Determination of seismic performance factors for mass timber brace frames based on FEMA P695 methodology

$150,000

Vaagan Brothers Lumber

Colville Sawmill X-Ray Log Scanning Installation Project

$300,000

Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant

Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Inc

Colville Sawmill Retool Engineering Project

$1,000,000

Community Wood Grant

Yakama Nation

Upgrading Tribal Mill Infrastructure with Advanced Production Technologies

$981,717

 

For information on funding for the Wood Innovations, Community Wood and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant Programs, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation

The USDA news release announcing this funding can be found here: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2024/05/14/biden-harris-administration-invests-wood-products-support-local

This release can be viewed on the Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1175904

For information about the Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

 

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The Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region contains 16 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments, all within the States of Oregon and Washington. These public lands provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants, and animals, and some of the best recreation opportunities in the country.

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