Tuesday, June 13, 2023

By:  Staff


On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the Forest Service has awarded Oregon more than $1.2 million to support wood products innovation in Oregon’s manufacturing facilities and develop markets for innovative uses of mass timber and renewable wood energy. A release said the projects also help to restore healthy forests and reduce wildfire risk.

Wyden said, “These federal investments in our state’s world-renowned wood products are a huge win for Oregon that will lead to construction innovation across the country, while also playing an important role in reducing the risk of wildfire”. Wyden said, “I was proud to support the two pieces of legislation that will lead in innovation, help generate jobs and make communities safer in Oregon and nationwide”.

Merkley said, “Oregon has the most innovative wood products in the world, and this funding coming to the state will further strengthen and advance our leading wood products industry”. Merkley said, “I’m especially looking forward to seeing the benefits of these investments for our rural communities and for Oregon’s continued leadership in timber products”.

The release said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $43 million nationally to expand innovative uses of wood, including as a construction material in commercial buildings, as an energy source and in manufacturing and processing input for wood products used in framing homes, making paper products and more.

Six projects are getting assistance in Oregon. None are in Douglas County.