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Forest biomass grants available

Grants offered by Oregon Department of Forestry


Have an idea for using woody biomass from northeastern Oregon forests to produce heat, electricity or fuel? You may be eligible for grant funding from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to help with your project.

ODF has $60,000 in federal grant funds to award to applicants whose projects would help restore overgrown forest timber stands by putting this excess woody material to work in a cost-effective manner. Marcus Kauffman, ODF’s biomass resource specialist, said the grant opportunity provides public funds to explore the economic and technical feasibility of new biomass utilization projects.

“We seek to encourage the construction of new biomass heating, co-generation and biomass manufacturing facilities here in the region with these grant dollars,” he said. “There is a clear relationship between fuel buildup in our forests and severe wildfires. Fuels-reduction activities and woody biomass utilization can help break that link.”

“By fostering stronger markets for woody biomass, ODF is hoping to help stretch scarce fuels-reduction dollars and provide additional jobs for rural communities in northeastern Oregon.”

The grants are provided to ODF by the U.S. Forest Service. The grant funds can be used by private and public entities to pay for feasibility studies and the design and engineering of forest biomass projects. Individual awards of as much as $20,000 and up to 75 percent of project costs may be made.

Projects must be located in northeastern Oregon — Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and Grant counties. The deadline for submitting grant applications is Feb. 1. Submissions must be made online through the Oregon Procurement Information Network at orpin.oregon.gov. The grant reference No. is ODF 2079-12.

Technical questions about the grant should be emailed to Marcus Kauffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Questions about the application process should be emailed to Patricia Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit orpin.oregon.gov.



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