Wisconsin Receives USDA Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects

More than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states were awarded by USDA in mid-July. Wisconsin received $250,000 in grants funds. The partners in the Wisconsin team are: State Energy Office, UW-Madison, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Marth Companies, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Heating the Midwest, Renewable Resources Solutions, the Sustainability Resources Institute, and Heating the Midwest. The team will work to expand markets that convert woody biomass into energy to support wildfire mitigation, forest restoration, urban wood utilization and other forest management goals to get more wood burning projects installed in Wisconsin.