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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2009

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2009

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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK HIGHLIGHTS RECOVERY ACT PROJECTS FOR WOOD-TO-ENERGY AND BIOMASS UTILIZATION PROJECTS AT WESTERN GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION MEETING

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USDA
Release No. 0208.09 

Contact: Office of Communication 202-720-4623   

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK HIGHLIGHTS RECOVERY ACT PROJECTS FOR
WOOD-TO-ENERGY AND BIOMASS UTILIZATION PROJECTS AT WESTERN GOVERNOR'S
ASSOCIATION MEETING 

Highlights Projects Being Funded in Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington   

PARK CITY, Utah, June 15, 2009 - At the Western Governor's Association
meeting today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted several
projects being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) for wood-to-energy and biomass utilization. These 30 projects,
funded at $57 million - $49 million for wood-to-energy grants and $8
million for biomass utilization - are located in 14 states. Twenty-three
of the projects, totaling nearly $39 million, are located in states
represented at the WGA meeting, including Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. 

"President Obama understands the importance of decreasing our dependency
on foreign oil and this is helping to do so by providing this funding
for biomass and wood energy projects," said Vilsack. "These projects
will not only advance the Administration's energy goals, but also
stimulate the economy and create jobs by creating new industries." 

Vilsack joined several other senior Obama Administration officials in a
discussion with Western Governors of ways to tap into renewable energy
opportunities in the West. 

The ARRA grants highlighted by Vilsack not only support the shared goal
of developing innovative sources for energy, these funds will help
create markets for small diameter wood and low value trees removed
during forest restoration activities. This work will result in increased
value of biomass generated during forest restoration projects, the
removal of economic barriers to using small diameter trees and woody
biomass, and generation of renewable energy from woody biomass. These
funds will also help communities and entrepreneurs turn residues from
forest restoration activities into marketable energy products. 

Biomass utilization also provides additional opportunities for removal
of hazardous fuels on Federal forests and grasslands and on lands owned
by State, local governments, private organizations, and individual
landowners. 

Projects were nominated by Forest Service regional offices and selected
nationally through a competitive basis on objective criteria. A listing
of the state-by-state breakdown of the wood-to-energy and biomass
utilization projects can be found below. For information about specific
projects please call the Forest Service or go to: http://fs.usda.gov
<http://fs.usda.gov/> . 

Wildland Fire Management - Biomass and Wood-to-Energy Projects by State 

Biomass Projects 

State Number of Projects Es't Am't to Accomplish ($1000) 

Arizona Total 2 500.00 

Idaho Total 2 6500.00 

Oregon Total 2 750.00 

Washington Total 1 250.00 

TOTAL 7 $8,000.00 

Wood to Energy Projects 

State Number of Projects Es't Am't to Accomplish ($1000) 

Arizona Total 1 1400.00 

California Total 2 4748.00 

Colorado Total 4 1000.00 

Idaho Total 2 3250.00 

Kentucky Total 2 2000.00 

Maine Total 1 11424.00 

Minnesota Total 1 250.00 

Missouri Total 1 6000.00 

North Dakota Total 1 237.00 

New Mexico Total 1 2500.00 

Nevada Total 1 620.00 

Oregon Total 4 11100.00 

Pennsylvania Total 1 400.00 

Washington Total 1 4000.00 


TOTAL 23 $48,929.00 

#

[USDA news releases are available in the "Newsroom" section at
http://www.usda.gov/. ]


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