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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 promote healthier forested landscapes for future generations in a socially, economically, and environmentally sound manner.  The goal of the Wood Innovations program is to:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands;
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types; and
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities

Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Grant Program (New)

The 2018 Farm Bill established and authorized funding for the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Program to issue grants that fund the “capital cost for installing a community wood energy system or building an innovative wood product facility.”  Criteria and preferences for projects are outlined in Section 8644 of the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA Forest Service plans to post the next Request for Proposals on this website and www.grants.gov in the fall of 2020.  For questions about this program, please contact: Julie Tucker at julie.tucker@usda.gov.

2020 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Recipients

USDA Forest Service Announces Investments in Wood Energy and Wood Innovation (Press Release)

Wood Innovation Grant Program

The Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity supports traditional wood utilization projects, expands wood energy markets, and promotes using wood as a construction material in commercial buildings. The Forest Service supports proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands.

2020 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Recipients
USDA Forest Service awards Wood Innovations Grants to reduce wildfire risk, invest in rural economies and support healthy forests (Press Release)

Past funded projects can be explored from the Wood Innovations funded projects searchable database.  All funded projects are required to provide reports (annual progress reports and final reports as project is completed).

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