OCTOBER 2020 | NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2020 | A NOTE FROM BRUNO ZAGAR

HEATING SEASON
 
SEASONS GREETINGS
 
It's heating season again and thousands of people around the country are filling their bins with wood, testing and filling their boiler glycol, and trying to find the parts they need to get up and running for the heating season. 

I love heating with wood because its a sustainable locally grown fuel, harvested regionally, reduces dependence on fossil fuels and stimulates the local economy. 

BIOMASS ON MY MIND 
Important grants just released this month, I wanted to share with you:
USDA Forest Service Grant Programs (approximately $10 million in funding available):
  • 2021 Wood Innovations Grant: The Wood Innovations Grant program seeks to strengthen emerging markets for innovative wood products such as mass timber and cross-laminated timber. Eligible projects would increase wood products manufacturing capacity, strengthen markets that support forest ecosystem restoration and develop commercial facilities for wood biomass and wood products, among others. The application for 2021 Wood Innovations Grants closes January 20, 2021.

  • 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant: The Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant program aims to support forest health by expanding renewable wood energy use and innovative manufacturing for wood products. The grant helps to fund the costs of installing wood energy systems or building innovative wood product facilities. In 2020 the program supported projects in seven rural communities in five states. The application for the 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant program closes Wednesday, February 3, 2021.


HOW WE SPONSOR BIOMASS
HTM Midwest Biomass Exchange:  
  • Heating the Midwest is a proud sponsor of an online internet marketplace (www.mbioex.com) to help companies buy and sell woody and agricultural biomass for use as fuel or feedstock for their manufacturing process or higher value products.

  • It is a free platform and a great way to help make contacts for sales. Sponsorships are also welcome to help in making future upgrades to the site and maintenance activities. Contact David Neumann for additional information on how you can sponsor this valuable industry tool:  neumannd@michigan.gov
 
Thank you for burning wood and supporting your local economy. Enjoy the winter months ahead!
 
Bruno Zagar

AUTHOR:
Bruno Zagar
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
President of HTM, Executive Steering Committee Member
CURRENT EVENTS
  • A Look at National Forest Products Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • National Bioenergy Day
SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
  • SHARE : From Forest to Product
  • DOWNLOAD: Fire Salvage Program Case Study
  • STREAM: Case Study Biomass Success in OR
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
  • USDA Forest Service Grant Programs
  • 2021 Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant
  • Funding Available for Sustainable Agriculture Project
  • Stove Repair Relief Fund
MORE WAYS TO GET BIOMASS
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  • Magazines You Don’t Want to Miss
  • Become an Action Team Volunteer

HTM STEERING COMMITTEE
  • Bruno Zagar* - President
  • Jeremy Mortl* - Vice President
  • T.J. Morice* - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brian Brashaw* - Liaison to the Steering Committee
  • Stacy Cook*
  • William Cook
  • Sabina Dhungana*
  • Joseph Donnell
  • Becky Philipp
  • Tim Portz - National Rep
  • Ben Rose
  • Adam Sherman - National Rep
  • Jill Thibert
* Executive Members
CURRENT EVENTS
Photo Source: Canva
A Look at National Forest Products Week
National Forest Products Week Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council Congress designated the third week of October (October 18-24, 2020) as National Forest Products Week (NFPW) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. forests.

This week celebrated the role and impact of forests and wood as an integral component to our nation's society.
UPCOMING EVENTS
National Bioenergy Day
October 21, 2020
OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
SHAREABLE VIDEO – FROM FOREST TO PRODUCT
AMERICAN WOOD COUNCIL
DOWNLOADABLE FACT SHEET –
MASS TIMBER
AMERICAN WOOD COUNCIL
SHAREABLE VIDEO – CASE STUDY: BIOMASS SUCCESS IN BURNS, OR
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
When a local school in Burns, Oregon needed to replace an aging boiler, community leaders discovered that a biomass district heating system would dramatically lower their energy costs and help keep local forests healthy.
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
USDA Forest Service Announces New Grants
USDA FOREST SERVICE
Funding Available for Sustainable Agriculture Projects
MN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE

$200,000 in grants available for farmers to test new ideas St. Paul, MN — Farmers and Minnesota nonprofit and educational organizations focused on testing new ideas in sustainable agriculture are encouraged to apply for a Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration (SustAg) Grant.

All applications must be received by 4:00 Central Time on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Photo Source: Canva
Stove Repair Relief Fund
ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HEAT
Stove Repair Relief Fund to Aid Families During Coronavirus Pandemic

MORE WAYS TO GET BIOMASS NEWS
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BiomassMagazine.com
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  • Free digital Magazine
  • Free e-Newsletters
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Pellet Mill Magazine Free to U.S. Subscribers.
  • Printed Magazine
  • Free digital Magazine
Heating the Midwest- Become an Action Team Volunteer!
 
If you have a specific area of interest related to biomass thermal, we welcome your participation in one or all of HTM’s three action teams-Biomass Combustion Technologies, Biomass Policy & Benefits, and Biomass Resources & Demographics. Is your time often stretched? No problem. Time committed to the HTM effort is volunteer time. Joint action team calls are held monthly via conference call, and calls are limited to one hour in respect of members’ time and busy schedules. Members may choose to volunteer more of their time individually to support Action Team specific projects as they arise. 
 
Individuals with a passion for biomass thermal energy are being sought to lead the Biomass Resources & Demographics Action Team or the Biomass Combustion Technologies Action Team. This is a great opportunity to share your leadership skills in furthering the mission of HTM and to directly connect with the biomass industry sector and other agencies—all with a goal of growing market opportunities for biomass and specifically for biomass as a fuel for thermal heating and cooling, and combined heat and power. 
 
The work of the action teams involves developing “boots on the ground” projects for spurring action, discussing industry challenges in each sector and how to possibly address, networking and supporting the overall goals and vision of the Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass initiative in an effort to grow demand and expand marketing opportunities in the biomass thermal sector, and create awareness of biomass thermal. 

WHEN:
HTM Joint Action Team calls are held, as needed,
the Third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. CST
Additional action team calls are scheduled on demand.

 
For more detailed information, feel free to contact Becky Philipp (bphilipp@auri.org), HTM Steering committee member. 
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