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Wood Innovations

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National Utilization & Marketing Staff Directory

This searchable directory can help you make connections to state and national assistance.

 

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Wood Innovations Program Overview

The USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Program expands and creates markets for wood products and wood energy that support long-term, sustainable management of National Forest System lands and other forest lands.

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Mass Timber Momentum

The USDA Forest Service is catalyzing the growth of the mass timber industry. In the U.S., 600 mass timber projects have been built and 10 manufacturing plants are operating.

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State Wood Energy and Utilization Teams

The Forest Service supports state-wide wood energy and utilization teams through the Wood Innovations grant program.

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Wood Innovations Team

Working to support market-based forest restoration, team members are from the Washington Office, Regions and the Forest Products Laboratory.


Wood Innovations Program

To learn about Wood Innovations projects across the country, visit the Wood Innovations Project Search page.

Now Accepting Applications: Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance to Facilities that Purchase and Process Byproducts of Ecosystem Restoration Projects

Project funding may be used to establish, reopen, retrofit, expand, or improve a sawmill or other wood-processing facility in close proximity to federal or Indian lands that need ecosystem restoration and will generate byproducts. The emphasis is on areas of unnaturally severe high fire or insect or disease infestation with high or very high priority for ecological restoration. This program is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is 5:00 pm local time on December 20, 2022.

Now Accepting Applications: Temporary Bridge Funding Opportunity Program

The intent of this funding opportunity is to support the establishment of temporary bridge rental/loan/cost-share programs with States and federally recognized Indian Tribes to protect water resources and reduce water quality degradation during forestry-related operations. This program is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is 5:00 pm local time on December 20, 2022.

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.

  • The 2023 Community Wood Grant Program application period to be announced soon.

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.

  • The 2023 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity application period to be announced soon.

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

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.

Project Report Templates

 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation