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Portland awarded $6 million to construct all wood affordable housing unit

Portland awarded $6 million to construct all wood affordable housing unit

From The Framework Project: Home Forward, project, and the Framework team announced today that it has been awarded $6 million to develop 60 units of affordable housing in what will be the first high-rise structure in the U.S. made from wood and the first earthquake-resilient building of its kind in America.

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PG&E makes offer to buy power from North Fork bioenergy plant

The North Fork bioenergy plant has just cleared another hurdle toward getting the project up and running. They have now been offered a power purchase agreement from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). North Fork Community Power, LLC, is a joint venture between Phoenix Energy and the North Fork Community Development Council that will own and operate a biomass gasification facility in North Fork.

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Wood products ninth-inning comeback

Mass timber, or cross laminated timber, is often cited as the fairy godmother that Oregon has been looking for. It’s a low carbon building material that can be made from the overabundant thin trees east of the Cascades, and has the potential to bring timber and construction jobs back to rural communities.

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US Forest Service to award $7 million in grant applications for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is taking grant applications for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. Grants provided through the agency’s Wood Innovations program not only help reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health, but also create jobs to promote economic vitality in our communities.

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Report: Timber industry failing to invest in own R&D 

A group of industry analysts finds the U.S. forest products industry has fallen far behind in producing new things out of wood. “Many traditional forest product markets have matured or declined,” the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities report stated. “Yet the sector’s research and development funding — essential to innovation — has fallen and its R&D capacity has withered.”

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