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October 2017
2018 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity
The U.S. 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
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities
Funding will be awarded and evaluated in two separate categories. 

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.
  2. Projects can include, but are not limited to:

    1. Developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector).
    2. Overcoming market barriers and stimulating expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector. 
  3. Complete requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting, necessary in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing.

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. Wood energy projects will not be considered under this category because those projects can apply for funding under Grant Category 1. Demonstration projects and applied research will be considered, but applicants are strongly encouraged to first consult with their designed Forest Service Regional Biomass Coordinator to determine whether such projects will be competitive.

Important Dates:

October 18, 2017
Issuance of Request for Proposals

January 22, 2018
Proposal submission deadline

May 1, 2018
Approximate date for award announcement

July 1, 2018
Approximate date of award

National BioEnergy Day 2017 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
View details about the Fifth Annual National Bioenergy Day. This site includes examples of using woody biomass for energy purposes.

Archive Workshops and Webcasts

Presentation topics included an update on the potential International Society of Arboriculture's BMPs for Urban Wood, update on the four-state "Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle project", update on the Virginia Urban Wood Group, presentation on the Urban Forest Resource --- Building Supply Chains for the Future (a discussion on the development of a handheld app and online database for urban wood utilization from tree removals), and an update on the completed 2017 National Firewood workshop and the firewood processing productivity study.

April 27, 2017
Iredell County CES Office
Statesville, NC

This 1-day educational and networking event provided the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying, and marketing of firewood. For more information about the workshop results, contact  Harry Watt, North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension, 704-880-5034.  View more information about other workshops.

April 2017 Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
Presentation topics included an update on the four-state "Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle Project"; presentation on Introducing Urban Wood To Design Professionals; Overview of Washington, DC, Wood Utilization Activities; Street Trees As a Source of Urban Timber in Washington, DC; update on the National Firewood workshop in Statesville, NC; and update on the Virginia Urban Wood Group.

October 2016 Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
Presentation topics included an update on the Tree Care Industry Association's draft urban forest products standard; update on an urban wood seminar held at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA; an example of urban wood utilization in Charlotte, NC; overview of the Southeast Forest Products Exchange; and updates from Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Other Items of Interest 
The Urban Wood Network is made up of individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The network's mission is to inform, collaborate, and connect to build community, business, and consumer confidence in the urban wood industry. View the network

Virginia Community Wood Energy Program

Southeast Urban Wood Exchange
North Carolina Forest Service and

USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Forest Products Laboratory Wood Innovations 

Wood 2Energy

Update on the Housing Market 
From Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. View all housing reports
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,