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October 2016
National Forest Products Week
This week is National Forest Products Week, a week to learn about and understand the importance of forest products in our daily lives. Visit these Web sites for forest products facts and figures:
2017 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity

The Forest Service seeks 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. This Request for Proposals focuses on these U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovations goals:
  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands;
  • Reduce the costs of forest management on all land types; and Promote economic and environmental health of communities.
Funding will be awarded and evaluated in two separate categories. 
Grant Category 1: Expansion of Wood Energy Markets and Wood Energy Projects The intent of this category is to:
  1. Stimulate, expand, or support wood energy markets that depend on forest residues or forest byproducts generated from all land types.
    1. Develop a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector).
    2. Overcome market barriers and stimulate expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector.
  2. Complete requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting, necessary in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing.

Grant Category 2: Expansion of Wood Products Markets The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products. Preference will be given to projects that support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products. Demonstration projects and applied research will be considered. No basic research projects will be considered.

Important Dates:
October 19, 2016: Issuance of Request for Proposals
January 23, 2017:Proposal submission deadline
April 15, 2017: Approximate date for award announcement
July 1, 2017: Approximate date of award

For additional information and to view and download the application and instructions, go to this Wood Education and Resource Center Web site.
2017 National Bioenergy Day - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
View details about the fourth national bioenergy day at this Bioenergy Day Web siteThis site includes examples of using woody biomass for energy purposes.

Workshops and Webcasts
The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry: Wood Industry Week @ WERC
November 2 & 3, 2016
Wood Education and Resource Center
Princeton, WV
Conference themes include:
  • The Future of our Raw Material
  • Technologies of the Future
  • Markets ---  Now and in the Future.
For more information, contact Urs Buehlmann at
540-231-9759 or visit the Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry web page.
Archived Workshops and Webcasts
Archive - Firewood Workshop
April 21, 2016
Western Maryland Research & Education Center
Keedysville, MD

This 1-day workshop was an educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry with the latest knowledge about processing, kiln drying, and marketing of firewood. For more information about workshop results, contact  Harry Watt  (North Carolina State University's Wood Products Extension) at 704-880-5034 or  Jonathan Kays  (University of Maryland Extension Program) at 301-432-2767. View the presentations.

Archive - Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
April 12, 2016
Presentation topics included updates on the Tree Care Industry Association's draft urban forest products standard; overview of mechanical harvesting of urban trees in Kenosha County, WI; updates from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin; and an overview of Michigan State University's Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative.  View the webcast .

Other Items of Interest 

Update on the Housing Market 
From Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. View all housing reports
From Don Deckard, Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry
Wind Wood Utilization
Wind Wood Utilization is the hub for information specifically related to the preparation for, response to, and recovery from major wind events and the utilization of downed and damaged timber and woody debris that can be generated.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this Update is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute official endorsement or approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.
Wood Education and Resource Center Staff
Lew McCreery, Acting Director, (304) 285-1538,
Ed Cesa, Deputy Director, (304) 285-1530,