Wood Innovations Program
Wood Innovations Success Stories
Wood Innovations Grants are making a difference across the country. From funding for advanced computer numerical control systems that can produce state-of-the-art prefabricated mass timber building materials, to renewable energy systems that run on wood chips, these grants are helping address critical issues like climate change and helping sustain local economies.
Success stories include
- Blue Forest - Fighting Fire with Finance
- Blue Mountain Lumber Products Mill Upgrades Benefit Forest Restoration
- Northern Forests to Timber Cities: Connecting Dense Cities to Healthy Forests
- Wood Energy Heats Up Alaska
- CNC Machines Putting Mass Timber on the Cutting Edge
- America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell Celebrates the Importance of U.S. Forests
- Woody Biomass Heating System Continues to Warm Students and Staff at Holderness
- Building a Worldwide Market for End Grain Wood from National Forest Service Lands
- University of Idaho Arena Charts a Future for Mass Timber
- Biochar Initiative Sweeping Across the Great Plains
- U.S Biochar Initiative Is Building a Sustainable Future From the Soil Up
- WoodWorks Makes It Easier To Design, Engineer, and Construct Commercial and Multifamily Wood Buildings
- Mass Timber Showcased in New Nez Perce Clearwater Forest Supervisor’s Office
- Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute (WU+D)
- Wood Innovations Team
- National Wood Energy Technical Assistance Team
- Ampine Sustainable Particleboard Reduces Wildfire Risk
- Menominee Tribal Enterprises Increases Energy Independence and Reduces Carbon Footprint
- Gundersen Health System: Saving Energy and Breathing Easier
Deadline to submit an application for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 was January 19, 2022.
The USDA Forest Service is planning to begin accepting applications to the Wood Innovations and Community Wood Grants Programs in October 2022.
Wood Innovations Grants Program
The Wood Innovations Grants Program, launched in 2015, stimulates and expands wood products and wood energy markets. Relevant legislation includes the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115- 334) and Rural Revitalization Technologies (7 U.S. Code [USC] 6601). National focus areas include mass timber, renewable wood energy, and technological development that supports fuel reduction and sustainable forest management.
Community Wood Grant Program
The Community Wood Grant Program, launched in 2020, provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (7 USC § 8113) and annual agency appropriations authorize and fund the grants awarded under this program. The Forest Service expects renewable wood energy systems installed under this program to use the most stringent control technologies. The program places extra emphasis on assisting sawmills in economically challenged areas to retool or add advanced technology.
Building with Wood
The Forest Service is revolutionizing the United States building sector by supporting the introduction of mass timber products, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). By building stronger markets for innovative new wood products, we are supporting sustainable forest management, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and putting rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry.
- New building codes and 11 U.S. manufacturing facilities are operational to supply cross-laminated timber (CLT) and mass plywood for institutional, commercial, and multi-family wood buildings.
- Over 1,000 buildings have been constructed or are in design with mass timber. 289,000 architects, engineers and developers have been trained in wood structural design and mass timber construction.
- Foundational Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have been established to measure environmental benefits of wood construction as documented in the Wood Handbook.
Renewable Wood Energy
The Forest Service is committed to expanding renewable energy by promoting the use of ‘wood waste’ or ‘wood residues’ across residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Wood energy creates local jobs in rural and urban areas along each stage of the supply chain. Above all, wood energy supports sustainable forest management, which helps reduce damage caused by uncharacteristic wildfires, insects, disease, and invasive species.
- Wood energy can take many forms in both solid and liquid forms. Solid wood is often used to provide chips and pellets for heat, combined heat and power or electricity. Wood can also be used to produce liquid biofuels and biochemicals.
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