Grants Support Administration’s Renewable Energy Goals and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the award of $6.2 million in grants to more than two dozen small businesses and community groups to develop innovative uses for woody biomass, including renewable energy and new products, from national forests.

“These grants help communities, entrepreneurs and others turn residues from forest restoration activities into marketable forest and energy products,” said Johanns. “Not only will these projects reduce the risk of wildfire, they will help us to achieve the President’s energy goals. Our farm bill proposals would take this effort to the next level by providing funding for research and new woody biomass projects.”

The Administration’s farm bill proposals would accelerate the development of new technologies to better utilize low-value woody biomass by authorizing $150 million in 10 year mandatory funding for Forest Service research.

The grants will help create markets for small-diameter material and low-valued trees removed from forest restoration activities, such as reducing hazardous fuels, handling insect and diseased conditions, or treating forestlands impacted by catastrophic weather.

The Forest Service, a USDA agency, selected 26 small businesses and community groups as grant recipients. Awarded grants ranged from nearly $125,000 to $250,000. According to requirements, all 26 recipients provided at least 20 percent of the total project cost. Non-federal matching funds ranged from $62,500 to more than $2 million per project, for a total of almost $12 million.

The Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry, Technology Marketing Unit at the agency’s Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. will administer the grant program.

Grantees, chosen from 93 applications requesting more than $20 million in funding support, proposed a wide array of innovative uses for woody biomass. The following are the 2007 woody biomass utilization grantees:

2007 Woody Biomass Utilization Grantees

Baker Timber Products
Rapid City, SD $250,000
Mescalero Forest Products
Mescalero, NM $250,000
Barela Timber Management Co. Inc.
Las Vegas, NM $225,000
Mountain Valley Lumber
Saguache, CO $179,260
Bearlodge Forest Products Inc.
Hulett, WY $250,000
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc
Granby, CO $242,500
Dept. ForestryN.C. State University
Raleigh, NC $247,802
Mt. Adams Resource Stewards
Glenwood, WA $178,746
Elk Regional Health System
St. Marys, PA $250,000
Mt. Taylor Millwork, Inc
Milan, NM $250,000
Forest Fuels Solutions
Salmon, ID $250,000
North Slope Sustainable Wood LLC
Missoula, MT $248,950
High Country Green Waste LLC
Lakeside, AZ $249,400
Olguin’s Sawmill, Inc.
El Prado, NM $250,000
Intrinergy LLC
Wiggins, MS $250,000
Parma Post & Pole, Inc.
Parma, ID $245,180
John Jump Trucking
Kalispell, MT $249,000
Piute County Economic Development
Junction, UT $250,000
JTS Animal Bedding
Redmond, OR $250,000
Southwest Forest Products
Phoenix, AR $250,000
Kane Area School District
Kane, PA $250,000
Ranch Creek Limited
Granby, CO $144,000
Kuykendall and Sons
Tres Piedras, NM $250,000
St. Maries Joint School District
St. Maries, ID $250,000
Malheur Lumber Company
John Day, OR $250,000
Sustainable NorthwestHealthy Forests, Healthy Communities
Portland, OR $249,560

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