US Forest Service and USDA Provide $45 Million in Funding
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $15 million in grants to fund the expanded use of wood products, strengthen emerging wood energy markets, and protect communal forests. This program will be delivered through the UDSA Forest Service and will support 60 projects with a range of applications including developing affordable housing and expanding markets for wood energy and wood products. Furthermore, funds will also go towards assisting tribes, local governments and qualified non-profit organizations to conserve working forests. The Forest Service is reportedly leveraging an additional $30 million to bring the total funding to $45 million.