The USDA Forest Service is announcing the availability of $20 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to support projects that will substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets throughout the United States. Additional funds from annual agency appropriations will be subject to availability. The intent is to stimulate, expand and support U.S. wood products and wood energy markets to support long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands while enhancing the economic and environmental health of communities.
Eligible applicants include for-profit entities, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, school districts, communities, not-for-profit organizations, institutes of higher education and species purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts and ports).
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By Brian Zweifel, DNR Forest Products Specialist, Brian.Zweifel@wisconsin.gov
What is Biochar?
Microscopic structure of biochar. Photo credit: UK Biochar Research Centre
Biochar is basically just charcoal with a special mission, to be used in the soil. The US Biochar Initiative (USBI) defines it as “carbonized biomass obtained from sustainable sources and sequestered in soils to sustainably enhance their agricultural and environmental value under present and future management.”
Biomass, such as unmerchantable wood waste, is transformed into this carbon-rich material in a low oxygen environment, cooking most non-carbon materials out of it and leaving the material’s basic structure intact. This carbon skeleton is what gives biochar many of its desirable properties.
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By Kelly Martinson, Program and Policy Coordinator, DNR Forest Products Team
Governor Tony Evers proclaimed the third week in October as Forest Products Week in Wisconsin to recognize forests’ essential role in the state’s environment and economy. This week celebrates Wisconsinites who work in the forest products industry while considering the many ways forest products can improve our lives. Forest Products Week also highlights Wisconsinites working in and caring for our state’s forest land. Continue reading “Wisconsin Forests – Rooted In Our Lives, Rooted In Our Economy”
Did you know that wood energy makes up a large percentage of Wisconsin’s renewable energy consumption? In 2017, biomass (including wood) accounted for an estimated 70% of the state’s renewable energy use. Are you a business, school or institution interested in learning more about whether wood energy is a good fit for you? See how the Forest Products Services program can help!
The forest products industry employs more than 63,000 workers in every corner of the state. Jobs in forest management, logging and wood and paper manufacturing are an important part of our state’s economy. Consider a rewarding career in the forest industry, with occupations including:
Pictured above is a cabinetmaker at a custom cabinet company in northeastern Wisconsin. Credit: Wisconsin DNR
- Truck driver
- Log scaler
- Lumber inspector
- Mill production worker
- Maintenance technician
- Process engineer
- Quality control specialist
- Sales representative
DNR forest products staff work closely with businesses and organizations to use Wisconsin wood more profitably and effectively.
This work ranges from connecting buyers with suppliers of timber and other wood products, to directly assisting both rural and urban forest businesses to improve their profitability and marketing position. In addition, staff partner with members of the forest industry to host and teach workshops on lumber grading, kiln drying, workplace safety and marketing. They also provide technical assistance to improve mill productivity and product quality and collect data for assessing business development opportunities. Learn more about Wisconsin’s forest businesses here.
Forest Products Specialist assessing moisture uniformity of dried hardwood lumber during a mill assessment. Credit: Wisconsin DNR
Participants practicing railway tie grading procedures at an industry workshop hosted by the Forest Products Services team. Credit: Wisconsin DNR
How many things can you find in your home that are made of wood?
There are thousands of products made of wood. These are just a few found in one household. Photo Credit/ Wisconsin DNR
Dressers, beds, tables, chairs, pianos, guitars, boardwalks and birdhouses. What do they all have in common? They’re all forest products! These are just a few of the creations that are made from timber and they all are spectacular. all forest products! These are just a few of the creations that are made from timber and they all are spectacular.
Did you know? Wood window and door manufacturing alone contributes $1.2 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy.
By Grace Hershberg, DNR Forestry Associate Communication Specialist
Last week Oct. 17-23 we celebrated Forest Products Week!
This week championed our forests and the products they create to enhance our everyday lives. What would your day look like without wood to build houses, furniture to sit on, paper to write on, tires on your car and even toothpaste to brush your teeth? All of these (and more than 5,000 others) have a connection to wood products!
Forest products make our lives a little easier while promoting sustainability.
Interested in learning more about forest products? Visit https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/ForestBusinesses.