<img class="size-medium wp-image-57746 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/10\/wood_1635248292-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" \/>Deputy Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh recently announced approximately $13 million in new funding opportunities to support market innovation in wood products and wood energy. The announcement came during a \u201cLeaders for the Built Environment\u201d virtual event and kicks off National Forest Products Week <a href="https:\/\/r20.rs6.net\/tn.jsp?f=001rDvZgXrNpWXBLBk6gB_btATnnhdRSrWkRkraiYxOQSvYESKSpsPRW4uwbmbFBLp1AkanFMm8WVtrLJiynujxTRqAqqPezNcwDJi-7Za8cRFm-AhmiwHsE2X3Fstv-aA3RskSlsmc5XgBls-EEFpSQp6lkR2oaZ20RqhSAGPXXiH5GjJJdaHVlUkzJ-vgt-wUQhmxpU_KH8Vhwkp0tD6aC6P5MKmfRJn_6Y6Xdr3DaRGG1amhSdRKmcxu1NHPymmPn0_4dPyTt4HedQ6ShKe-howVd9MZBBvF5nR25Y0bLo0=&c=OyS2tGrI9z0UVAV1AlwhKMeoSp1sz0VLsl5f6fFx0WGVO_fGBVDqJQ==&ch=oRGKPj6Q4_mH0XIVMQ8bLwS0aMCWETOqtzePdG55iwmQeqkXosfA2A==">as proclaimed by President Biden<\/a>. Organized by the Forest Service, <a href="https:\/\/r20.rs6.net\/tn.jsp?f=001rDvZgXrNpWXBLBk6gB_btATnnhdRSrWkRkraiYxOQSvYESKSpsPRW4uwbmbFBLp1cUMDpCgFMC--qcdw7EYwIQWx-Q_9BzndsS6hpPBxdvaGGtqfXWy1zVJX6u7wBkQGdh5fDfuF4zoVXt5xYLoqlQ==&c=OyS2tGrI9z0UVAV1AlwhKMeoSp1sz0VLsl5f6fFx0WGVO_fGBVDqJQ==&ch=oRGKPj6Q4_mH0XIVMQ8bLwS0aMCWETOqtzePdG55iwmQeqkXosfA2A==">Dovetail Partners<\/a>, <a href="https:\/\/r20.rs6.net\/tn.jsp?f=001rDvZgXrNpWXBLBk6gB_btATnnhdRSrWkRkraiYxOQSvYESKSpsPRW4uwbmbFBLp1Sxetg_fMzOiqmBic6nwbGfafoe7laCukDsGp9z3Gy7gCG-ffeMSiyFtXVUr8Rt-gX8sw4cOvna7ICHOdyDZEMg==&c=OyS2tGrI9z0UVAV1AlwhKMeoSp1sz0VLsl5f6fFx0WGVO_fGBVDqJQ==&ch=oRGKPj6Q4_mH0XIVMQ8bLwS0aMCWETOqtzePdG55iwmQeqkXosfA2A==">WoodWorks<\/a> and the <a href="https:\/\/r20.rs6.net\/tn.jsp?f=001rDvZgXrNpWXBLBk6gB_btATnnhdRSrWkRkraiYxOQSvYESKSpsPRW4uwbmbFBLp1AytIph---5yANhaTN5gOuO2fZP42U-u4hamBhFfJl4cnnB4vkfEVG0pBITE939yEUKJesA6buh8Onf2GJWb9zaEc_8IAWOVT&c=OyS2tGrI9z0UVAV1AlwhKMeoSp1sz0VLsl5f6fFx0WGVO_fGBVDqJQ==&ch=oRGKPj6Q4_mH0XIVMQ8bLwS0aMCWETOqtzePdG55iwmQeqkXosfA2A==">Softwood Lumber Board<\/a>, the event aimed to challenge senior leaders from companies in attendance \u2013 like Walmart and Microsoft \u2013 to explore how mass timber construction can support their climate and sustainability goals.\r\n\r\nThe USDA Forest Service is now accepting applications for these funds through the 2022 Wood Innovations Grant Program and the 2022 Community Wood Grant Program. These grants are designed to develop and expand the use of wood products and strengthen emerging wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management \u2013 particularly in areas of high wildfire risk.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Wood Innovations Grant program has a long track record of success and strengthens and accelerates emerging markets for innovative wood products like mass timber and cross-laminated timber,\u201d said Bronaugh. \u201cHealthy and productive markets for wood products and wood energy are integral to supporting sustainable forest management and improving the condition of our national forests.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Community Wood Grant Program helps fund the costs of installing wood energy systems or building innovative wood product facilities. Grants awarded under the Wood Innovations Program address the nationwide challenge of reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, disease, and pest infestations by retaining or by expanding existing markets for excess biomass and low-value logs removed during forest management activities. The material removed supports both new and traditional markets, as well as local economic development. The removed material also reduces carbon emissions that would otherwise result from the open-air burning of excess or low-value biomass.\r\n\r\nThe application period for both grant programs closes on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.\r\n\r\nSince 2015, the Community Wood and Wood Innovation grant programs have provided more than $62 million to 288 recipients to support wood products and wood energy projects.\r\n\r\nThe Forest Service will share information and answer questions on how to apply for the grants during a webinar on Tuesday, November 9, at 2 p.m. EST. For more information on the grants and instructions on how to attend the webinar, visit the Forest Service\u2019s <a href="https:\/\/r20.rs6.net\/tn.jsp?f=001rDvZgXrNpWXBLBk6gB_btATnnhdRSrWkRkraiYxOQSvYESKSpsPRW4CN-3jSHKcOZEzKcQZP__IDyRbs2gNNAg9t1K6bS8QVlE6LphsdkKORfbpzX9upC204pV4BsOhOozK5lfidBicunV5bGSRKZoVn60-GNoJVsSG0nNuOZmo-jsSJqGF9YV-g6Rbmctq8QtGPhkPxy25V25HwTRGqjgrunurzkNPQ&c=OyS2tGrI9z0UVAV1AlwhKMeoSp1sz0VLsl5f6fFx0WGVO_fGBVDqJQ==&ch=oRGKPj6Q4_mH0XIVMQ8bLwS0aMCWETOqtzePdG55iwmQeqkXosfA2A==">Wood Innovations website<\/a>.