FORT COLLINS – The Colorado State Forest Service has received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center to promote the development of wood-to-energy projects across the state.
The three-year grant is intended to help foresters and researchers address forest health and wildfire concerns by accelerating the creation of wood-energy facilities and technologies that use woody biomass.
“We look forward to the opportunity to increase the use of woody biomass in Colorado, which will help improve the health and resilience of our forests,” said Tim Reader, spokesman for the CSFS-administered Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program (CoWood).
Under the grant, private, state and federal organizations will work together to stimulate the development of wood-energy projects in the state.
Specific goals include strategically identifying and engaging new wood-energy candidate communities and facilities, providing technical workshops and developing a new e-book application to help facilities become biomass-ready.
The CSFS is leading a team that includes the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at CSU, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Bihn Systems LLC, New West Business Development and USDA Forest Service Region 2.