USDA Invests US $4M in Woody Biomass

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a request for proposals for programs to improve the utilization of woody biomass residue from forest restoration activities. The DOA plans to make at least US $4 million in grants available to winning proposals, with individual grants ranging from US $50,000 to US $250,000.

The goal of the Woody Biomass Utilization Programs is to improve forest management procedures by finding energy applications for low-value woody biomass residue. USDA said that the program will do this by cutting costs, creating incentive and lowering business risk for those involved with woody biomass, increasing infrastructure in the industry around national forestlands and lowering economic barriers to the use of woody biomass.

Winning proposals must improve the use of woody biomass from forest restoration activities by using or creating markets for low-value trees and other residue from hazardous fuel use, handling insect and diseased conditions, or treating forestlands impacted by severe weather.

Pre-applications must be postmarked no later than Novermber 7, 2008. After a pre-screening, selected proposals will be invited to submit a full application for review no later than February 13, 2009. For more information on the grant program, click here.

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