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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 10.674
CFDA Title is Wood Utilization Assistance

Important Dates:

October 24, 2018       Issuance of Request for Proposals
February 25, 2019     New proposal submission deadline – please note that there will be no additional extensions.  All proposals must be submitted... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/2019-wood-innovations-program-request-proposals">2019 Wood Innovations Program Request for Proposals</a>

We help educators teach students to appreciate the natural landscape by providing training and tools for the classroom, whether class is indoors or outdoors. While our work targets the 20 Northeast and Midwest States and Washington, DC, there are items of interest for teachers and students across the nation.

Children's Book Teaches About Tree Cutting

Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? In taking care of forests, towns, or... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/conservation-education">Conservation Education</a>

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Books to Read and/or Order On-Line:

The Fire and Aviation Management group helps the 20 Northeastern and Midwestern States deliver comprehensive wildland fire management programs, including providing grants and technical assistance. The goal is to protect people, property, and resources while encouraging an integrated, well balanced fire management program in each State. Our forests and grasslands are important to our quality of life now and for future generations. Comprehensive fire management programs help ensure well... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/fire-and-aviation-management">Fire and Aviation Management</a>

Forest Health Protection programs emphasize protecting the long-term health and sustainability of our forests. Our major responsibilities are to assist the States with implementing their forest health programs and to provide forest health support on National Forests and other Federal lands. Activities include identification and evaluation of insect and disease problems, provision of resource materials and management recommendations in forests and nurseries, training in hazard tree management... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/forest-health-protection">Forest Health Protection</a>

The Forest Legacy program protects “working forests” those that protect water quality, provide habitat, forest products, opportunities for recreation and other public benefits.

The Forest Legacy Program is a partnership between States and the USDA Forest Service, to identify and help conserve environmentally important forests from conversion to nonforest uses. Designed to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands, the Forest Legacy Program is... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/forest-legacy">Forest Legacy</a>

Families and individuals own the largest portion of America's forests. The Forest Stewardship Program helps them to create a long-term vision and plan for their woodlands, so they will stay healthy, productive, and free from subdivision.

The Forest Service knows that unfragmented, working landscapes benefit us all, and we know local expertise best meets the needs of owners. The Forest Stewardship Program works through State forestry agencies to link local foresters and natural... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/forest-stewardship">Forest Stewardship</a>

Effectively managing employees is an important aspect of a successful business. Like many labor-intensive industries, the wood products industry has increasingly turned to hiring Hispanic workers to maintain a competitive edge. These companies and their Industry Associations have recognized the challenges they were facing with their Hispanic workforce.  They approached the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) to assist.

To identify... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/hispanic-worker-integration-site">Hispanic Worker Integration Site</a>

Ensuring Healthy Ecosystems Across All Ownerships and the Rural to Urban Continuum

Landscape scale conservation occurs when landowners pursue common conservation goals across large blocks of land, to ensure ecosystems are healthy. Coordination and commitment across private, State, and Federal lands are required. All three branches of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (State and Private Forestry, National Forest System, Research), are working... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/sustainability-and-planning/landscape-scale-conservation-northeast-and-midwest">Landscape Scale Conservation in the Northeast and Midwest</a>

Statewide Wood Energy Teams Cooperative Agreements were started in 2013 in an effort to increase the knowledge and use of woody biomass for energy. Specific goals of the program include:

Strategic Plan

The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2018 identifies the most important forest-related challenges and opportunities we face and sets priorities to guide us as we work with others towards our vision for forests in the 21st century.

The Northeastern Area State and... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/sustainability-and-planning">Sustainability and Planning</a>


Healthy trees and forests in urban areas contribute to improved air and water quality, watershed function, energy conservation, and social well-being. The Urban and Community Forestry Program provides support to States, cities, and nonprofit groups, so they can plant, protect, maintain, and utilize wood from community trees. 



Watershed Program

Promoting watershed health through the conservation, restoration, and stewardship of trees and forests

Trees and forests are critical to the health and proper function of watersheds. Studies clearly show that the amount of forest in a watershed, especially those forests bordering streams and shorelines, is an important determinant of water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems.

Clean water is one of our most important and valuable... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/watershed">Watershed Programs</a>

Hispanic woodworking industry.The Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), located in Princeton, WV, is a USDA Forest Service facility with offices, training facilities, and a rough mill. WERC's mission is to facilitate interaction and... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center">Wood Education and Resource Center</a>

Wood is a versatile, durable, abundant, and cost-effective renewable resource that provides numerous environmental benefits, including storing carbon when used in construction and offsetting the release of fossil carbon when used for energy production. The Forest Service and its partners are creating new opportunities for innovative wood products which contribute to diversified rural economies and support sustainable forest management. Innovative wood building materials and wood energy... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/wood-innovations-home">Wood Innovations Home</a>

Annual progress reports by calendar year are required by March 30 of the following year.  Here is a suggested format for the annual progress report.

Final progress reports are required 90 days after the project’s end date. The final progress report has two parts:

  1. Final Summary Report: A brief summary of results based on approved goals/objectives.... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/wood-innovations-reporting-requirements">Wood Innovations Reporting Requirements</a>

The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products.

Projects can include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develop training on construction or manufacturing techniques that use new building materials or building designs (e.g., structural roundwood or cross-laminated timbers).
  2. Conduct a market analysis and perform targeted marketing to expand the use of wood materials in commercial... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/wood-products-markets">Wood Products Markets</a>

W2E grants are for projects focused on engineering services necessary for final design, cost analysis and permitting process for wood energy systems . The W2E projects focus on utilizing woody biomass generated from National Forest Service system lands and other forestlands. Projects must use commercially proven wood energy systems to produce thermal, electrical, liquid, or gaseous energy. The goals of the W2E grant program include:

“Woody biomass” refers to the woody parts of trees and other plants, including limbs, tops, needles, and leaves. Sources of biomass include forests, rangelands, and urban tree waste. Biomass is usually a byproduct of managing or restoring forests, treating hazardous fuels to reduce the threat of wildfires, and caring for urban trees.

Developing and expanding the use of woody biomass supports forest ecosystem health by improving the economic viability of both forest management and wood... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/woody-biomass-home">Woody Biomass Home</a>

This portion of the web site specifically addresses one of WERC’s primary goals:  Promote the sustainable utilization of woody biomass for energy and value-added products.

For more detailed information about WERC’s woody biomass activities, follow these links:

The benefits of the Woody Biomass Technical Support Team were realized immediately.  Results can be viewed by viewing the preliminary assessment reports listed below. In addition, a Technical Assistance Brief, titled The Use of Wood and LEED® Certification, can be viewed here.

Examples of results include the Team providing... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/woody-biomass-results">Woody Biomass Results</a>

The Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry Woody Biomass Business Plan is primarily being implemented through a Woody Biomass Technical Support Team that was established by the WERC staff in 2009.

The Woody Biomass Technical Support Team is part of the technical assistance provided by the U.S. Forest Service through the WERC. The Team helps public and private sector facility... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/woody-biomass-technical-assistance">Woody Biomass Technical Assistance</a>

The Wood Education and Resource Center is working with various partners throughout the eastern United States in sponsoring, developing and hosting various workshops and training opportunities for the primary and secondary hardwood industries. Please check this site periodically for upcoming events.

Workshop Information


USDA Forest Service Wood Education & Resource Center
301 Hardwood Lane
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: (304) 487-1510... More about <a href="/naspf/programs/wood-education-and-resource-center/workshops-and-training-opportunities">Workshops and Training Opportunities</a>

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