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2021 Wood Innovations Grant Recipients

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.

(NEW) 2021 Wood Innovations and Community Wood Press Release

Project Organization City, State Award
Develop Engineered Timber Structural Frame Components for an Innovative Modular Building System. Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Inc. Fairbanks, AK $235,006
Wood Biomass District Heat Boiler Installation City of Nenana Nenana, AK $167,745
Alaska Affordable Housing Using Local Wood Resources TKC Fish Wheel Anchorage, AK $167,201
Advancement of Timber Panels as Structural Elements in Timber-Steel Composite Floor Systems Auburn University Auburn, AL $237,172
Housing Innovation Incubator to Develop Sustainable Affordable Mass Timber Housing in Rural Arkansas University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR $250,000
Using Forest Biomass for Construction Blocks - BetRblok The Center for Alternative Building Studies Tempe, AZ $99,765
Stimulating the Production and Use of Biochar Through Carbon Markets Climate Action Reserve Los Angeles, CA $113,417
Valorizing Forest Waste for Cellulosic Ethanol Production Aemetis Advanced Product Keyes, Inc Cupertino, CA $245,044
Demonstration of a Cost-Effective Cross-laminated Timber Panel Capable of Resisting Defense Design Basis Threats – Phase I Karagozian & Case, Inc. Glendale, CA $101,000
Complete Installation, Employee Training, and Commissioning of a Small Industrial Sawmill Kirk M. Ringgold Auberry, CA $250,000
Upgrading a Biomass Power Plant to Allow for Biochar Production and Increased Throughput of Forest Biomass Pacific Biochar Benefit Corp. Santa Rosa, CA $247,000
Coordinate and Develop a U.S. Corporate Climate and Forest Products Strategy Net Impact Oakland, CA $125,000
Nanocellulose Dispersion Composite Techno-Economic Analysis for the Tire Industry AVAPCO LLC Thomaston, GA $229,836
Value-Added Uses for a Prolific Invasive Tree Species Featuring an Iconic Hawaiian Sport The Albizia Project, LLC Waialua, HI $248,653
Combining the New and the Old: First Use of Cross-laminated Timber in Hawaii and Preserving Local Woodworking Knowledge Hawaii Dept of Land and Natural Resources Honolulu, HI $242,243
Affordable Housing Development Using Mass Timber Construction Junction Development Catalyst, LLC West Des Moines, IA $243,035
Upgrade and Install Small Diameter Lumber Sorting System and Lumber Stacker Evergreen Forest Kooskia, ID $250,000
Replace a Conventional Rotary Drum Fiber Dryer to Increase Productivity. American Wood Fibers Lebanon, KY $250,000
Developing Priority Projects with the Maryland Wood Energy Team Maryland Department of Natural Resources Annapolis, MD $249,869
Optimization of a Pilot-scale Fiberboard Manufacturing Line Using Underutilized Forest Resources and/or Recycled Wood-Based Products University of Maine Orono, ME $100,000
Design and Engineering of Newberry Mass Timber Customer Service Center Project Michigan Department of Natural Resources Lansing, MI $250,000
Expanding Markets for Hazardous Fuel Balsam Fir via the Low-Carbon Economy University of Minnesota Duluth Duluth, MN $187,246
Expanding Markets for Timber Industrial Mats Manufactured from Hardwood Species and Cross-Laminated Timber Mississippi State University Starkville, MS $206,125
Fannye Cook Conservation Education Complex: Demonstrating the Many Benefits of Building with Wood Wildlife Mississippi Stoneville, MS $250,000
Expanding the Wood Product Market in Mississippi Mississippi Forestry Association Jackson, MS $184,691
The National Conservation Legacy Center: Utilizing and Showcasing Cross-Laminated Timber and Other Innovative Wood Products National Museum of Forest Service History Missoula, MT $250,000
Develop Tools for Success for Biochar Market Development University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE $118,431
Eastern Hemlock Cross-laminated Timber Certification and Demonstration Project North East State Foresters Association Concord, NH $250,000
Building Affordable Housing with Mass Timber Sustainable Northwest Portland, OR $250,000
Forest to Frame: An Architecture of Resilient Forestry LEVER Architecture Portland, OR $100,000
Seedlings to Shelters: Modular Mass Timber Affordable & Replacement Housing Kaiser + Path Portland, OR $250,000
Bulk Pellet Storage and Distribution to Stabilize Oregon's Institutional Biomass Heating Market Wisewood Energy Portland, OR $250,000
Demonstrate Mass Timber Cost-Effectiveness as Part of Mass Timber Office and Retail Development Project Beam Construction & Management, LLC Portland, OR $230,000
Shortstack Housing Mass Timber Housing Platform to Develop Prototype Replicable Affordable Housing Shortstack Housing, LLC Portland, OR $235,000
Expanding the Forest Resilience Bond to the Pacific Northwest: Innovative Financing for a Forest Service Restoration Project Blue Forest Conservation Medford, OR $249,130
Utilizing Hem-Fir Species in Pacific Northwest Cross-laminated Timber Manufacturing DR Johnson Wood Innovations Riddle, OR $47,221
Demonstrate Patented Technology to Decarbonize Wood Pellet Feedstock Resulting in CO2 Emission Reduction. Lignetics, Inc. Mifflintown, PA $129,900
Work with Local Partners to Strengthen Connections Between the Island’s Managed Forest Resources and its Artisan Network, Enhancing Local Wood-Processing Capacity GreenWood Carolina, PR $249,942
Generate Wood Energy Onsite from Sawmill Low-Value Waste Products Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods, Inc. Huntland, TN $250,000
Biomass Generation with Biochar for Island Energy Resilience Orcas Power & Light Cooperative Eastsound, WA $72,835
AKARI House - 18 Story Tall Timber Construction Using 2021 International Building Code Clark Barnes PLLC Seattle, WA $250,000
PRG 320 Certification for Ponderosa Pine and Hemlock White Fir Vaagen Timbers LLC Colville, WA $250,000
Cross-Laminated Timber Exterior Wall Testing to NFPA 285 Test Standard Katerra, Inc Spokane Valley, WA $102,000
Kretz Lumber Installation of a New Combined Heat & Power System Kretz Lumber Company, Inc. Antigo, WI $250,000