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June 15, 2005

USDA awards $4.4 Million for Woody Biomass Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in early June that it has selected 20 small enterprises to receive a total of $4.4 million to develop innovative uses of woody biomass as a source of biomass energy and new products. The projects will draw on tree parts and scrub removed from national forests as part of forest thinning activities for ecological restoration and hazardous fuel reduction. The projects will be carried out in nine western states, as well as Louisiana, Minnesota, and South Carolina. See the USDA press release.