Wood Utilization Assistance

Provide direct technical assistance to Forest Service, state foresters, tribes, public and private organizations regarding new and emerging clean technologies to effectively manage forests and extend the most efficient and effective economic opportunities to forest landowners.

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Forestry staff provides expertise in science-based management decisions concerning forest products utilization, biofuels production, and woody biomass utilization that uses material removed to meet forest landowner goals.

Program may include: (1) development of potential new products; (2) projects that showcase innovative uses for small diameter and low-valued hardwoods and softwoods; (3) reducing the challenge to economic and market barriers to the use of wood (4) provide seed money and gap funding for demonstration projects and (5) facilitate the creation/expansion of harvesting/processing/transporting enterprises around wildland urban interface areas threatened by catastrophic wildfires.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Establishment of statewide wood energy and wood utilization teams; feasibility assessments for woody biomass energy systems; addressing issues related to building with wood and cross-laminated timber (CLT), such as using beetle-killed trees for CLT manufacture, assessing seismic resiliency and wind performance of CLT, and overcoming building code barriers for tall wood buildings.

Fiscal Year 2017: Establishment of statewide wood energy and wood utilization teams; feasibility assessments for woody biomass energy systems; addressing issues related to building with wood and cross-laminated timber (CLT), such as utilizing low-value ponderosa pine in California; blast resistance of CLT for Department of Defense applications; examining the use of hardwoods in CLT; and creating mass timber manufacturing capacity in the US..

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Wood Products Council $ 1,300,000   2022-08-222027-07-31
Natural Resources & Conservation, Montana Dept Of $ 45,000   2022-08-112027-06-30
Wood Products Council $ 2,600,000   2022-06-032027-03-31
Hancock Lumber Company, Inc. $ 564,000   2021-09-132026-02-28
Dovetail Partners Inc $ 250,000   2022-08-052025-09-30
Olifant, Llc $ 250,000   2022-08-082025-09-30
Maine Energy Systems Llc $ 187,500   2020-09-162025-09-15
Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc. $ 173,500   2022-08-152025-08-31
Texas Urban Sawmill, Llc $ 248,180   2022-08-162025-08-31
Washington State University $ 249,954   2022-09-062025-08-15

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 42 nationally competed grants and agreements were funded totaling approximately $8.6 million. Fiscal Year 2017: 38 nationally competed grants and agreements were funded totaling approximately $8.3 million. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Technical assistance or limited project grants to achieve long-term forest health through local enterprises that support forest management.

No land acquisition or construction.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Entities eligible include: Non-profits, local, state, and Tribal governments, business, companies, corporations (for Profit), institutions of higher education, and special purpose districts, (public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, or ports).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.


No credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Procedures for submitting technical assistance or grant applications can be found on www.fpl.fs.fed.us/tmu or contact the Program Manager as listed under Information Contacts. .

Award Procedures

Grants, if appropriated funds are provided, will generally be nationally competitive and merit-based. Technical Assistance request will be prioritized based on Tribal, state, or national forestry issues such as insect, disease, catastrophic events, and economic adjustments.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Rural Revitalization Through Forestry, Public Law 101?624, Section (d) Rural Revitalization Technologies (1990); P.L. 108-148 title II, Section 202 (2003); P. L. 110? 234, title VII (2008); P.L. 110-246 title VII (2008); and P.L. 113-79, title VIII, Section 8201 (2014) extending the program through 2018.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: 160 days after the date of closure on a Request for Proposals or Technical Assistance.


Not Applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Applicants must contribute at least 50% of the Forest Service requested funds. For every $2 of Federal funding requested, applicants must provide at least $1 in match. For example, if the requested Federal amount is $100,000 the applicant match must be at least $50,000. The applicants match must come from non-Federal sources. The match may include cash or in-kind contributions. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project. Letters for specific request from non-profits, local, state, and Tribal governments, business, companies, corporation, (for profit), institutions of higher education, and special purpose districts, (public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, or port) are encouraged to demonstrate collaboration and the role this federal assistance program can leverage accomplishing local projects. Matching will be required only for financial assistance and will be stated in Request For Proposal, and in accordance with Congressional direction. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As determined by project, no longer than 5 years on grants or cooperative agreements. Technical assistance is limited to one year unless negotiated due to tribal, state or national priorities. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are required, and the frequency will be negotiated between the Forest Service and recipient.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Financial reporting on SF-425 is required on financial assistance.

Forest Service program managers will provide overall program monitoring.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grant recipients may be subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.


Grant records will be maintained for 3 years after submission of final documents. Technical Assistance record will be maintained for 3 years from the close of the assistance. Government Technical Report (GTR) maybe developed to share the results of Technical Assistance collaborative efforts.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $8,596,085; FY 17 est $8,338,553; and FY 18 est $9,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Typical awards are $250,000 per award. Exceptions may be made for special circumstances.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Melissa Jenkins 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: melissaljenkins@fs.fed.us Phone: 703-605-5346

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Financial grants are approved on the basis of a nationwide review and are based on technical and financial merits of the project as evaluated by a panel of Federal experts or their designees.

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