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Biden-Harris Administration Invests in Wood Products to Support Local Jobs and Healthy Forests

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Today, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is investing nearly $74 million to spark innovation, create new markets for wood products and renewable wood energy from sustainably sourced wood, and increase the capacity of wood processing facilities as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.

Made possible in part by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act – the largest climate investment in history — these investments fund 171 project proposals across 41 States and American Samoa, and directly support forest health and the wood products economy.

The Forest Service is awarding grants to entities across the public, private, and non-profit sectors through its Wood Innovations Grant, Community Wood Grant, and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant Programs. Grant funding will support proposals that increase demand and create new and innovative uses for sustainably sourced wood. Funded proposals include converting heating systems in schools to sustainable biomass boilers, installing cutting-edge equipment in sawmills and processing facilities to increase efficiency, supporting innovative housing using mass timber, and more.

Wood Innovations Grants:

ARUniversity of Arkansas: A mass timber awareness and opportunities campaign supporting rural healthcare$65,192
ARUniversity of Arkansas: Arkansas Wood Innovations Cooperative to Advance Wood Products$300,000
GAAbraham Baldwin Agricultural College: Timber Resource Education Experience (TREE): Designing with Mass Timber to Increase Use of Georgia-grown Southern Yellow Pine$300,000
GAChoice OpCp, LLC, dba Pioneer Processors: Energy-Efficient Firewood Expansion$300,000
GAClaude Howard Lumber Company: Sawmill Optimization Upgrade$250,000
GAEquilibrium Consulting USA, Inc: Advancement of Mass Timber Braced Frames for Codified Design$300,000
GAMacon-Bibb County: Macon: Celebrating Heritage of Place with a Mass Timber Airport Terminal$300,000
GAMar-Jac Poultry, Inc: Mill Expansion to Support the Management and Sustainability of Forest Resources$300,000
GANature Coatings, Inc: Expanding new bio-based pigments and dispersion technology made from biochar, a high growth market opportunity$300,000
GARoseburg Forest Products: Improving the properties of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) made from southern yellow pine through microwave treatment$191,809
GASouthern Legacy Wood Products: Phase Two Southern Legacy Wood Products Energy Efficiency Renovation and Expansion$300,000
GAThree Forks Timber Processors: Sawmill dry kiln addition to grow rural economies and spur forest restoration in southern Appalachia$239,193
KYKentucky Hardwood Lumber Co, Inc: Sawmill Carriage Improvement Upgrade for Greater Log Utilization in Central Appalachia.$169,976
KYSomerset Pellet Fuel: Hardwood Fire Logs in Kentucky for Improved Wood Utilization$300,000
LACoushatta Forest Products, LLC: Sawmill Operating Equipment Control Systems Upgrades$179,500
LALouisiana Tech University: Monitoring and Assessing a New Designed Mass Timber Building at Louisiana Tech$300,000
MSFred Netterville Lumber: Netterville Lumber Small Log Cross Tie Mill Expansion$300,000
NCEvergreen CLT, LLC.: Manufacturing of Cross Laminated Timber to Create Innovative Affordable Housing Solutions within Mass Timber Construction$300,000
NCPolk Sawmill: Expanding Forest Management and Hardwood Manufacturing in Western NC$300,000
NCSwinerton Builders: Kasa Medical Collective Mass Timber Medical Office Building$300,000
NCVerenovo Energy, Inc: Verenovo Biochar Production Facility: Adding New Value to an Old Supply Chain$300,000
SCClemson University: Development and Promotion of the Market for Timber in Industrial Facilities$300,000
SCU.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities: Developing an Equitable Southern Mass Timber Value Chain$300,000
TNClark Lumber Company, Inc: Thermally Modified Lumber Equipment Expansion$300,000
TNPanther Creek Forestry: Firewood Processor and Post Mill Utilizing By-products from Forest Stand Improvement$272,774
TNUnaka Forest Products, Inc: Expanding sawmill capacity at 4 sites across southern Appalachia$300,000
TNWinell Lee Lumber Company: Upgrade and Install Thermally-Modified Wood Production$300,000
TXTexas Urban Sawmill: Full Circle Woodland Forestry a Circular Economic Project$300,000

Community Wood Grants:

ALSmartLam NA Enterprises US, LLC: SmartLam Innovative Mass Timber Manufacturing Upgrade and Expansion$1,000,000
GAWakefield Biochar: Wakefield Biochar Production Equipment$1,000,000
NCHigh Country Lumber and Mulch, LLC: The Refurbishment and Optimization of Four Steam Powered Dry Kilns in Western N.C.$200,722
TXSteely Lumber Co., Inc: Steely Lumber Feedstock Drying Expansion$1,000,000
VABaillie Lumber Company LP: Install an Optimized Edger to Achieve Higher Recovery and Employee Opportunity$684,617
VAThe Turman Group: Turman Sawmill Innovative Lumber Grader Upgrade$500,000