The United States Forest Service is an agency operating within the United States Department of Agriculture that is basically responsible for administering the country’s national forests and grasslands.
The grants and programs of the US Forest Service are all aimed towards the realization of its general agency mission, which is “to provide the best amount of good for the best amount of people in the long run.”
In keeping with this mission, the United States Forest Service has established the 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant whereby they propose to seek suggestions which are built to implement wood energy projects requiring engineering services.
Basically, the projects that are covered under the programme are the ones that wish to use woody biomass, that is the materials which have been acquired from forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, wildlife hazardous fuel treatments, thinning overstocked stands, and forest management resulting from disasters and natural calamities.
The engineering services will come into play once the woody biomass will then be converted to thermal, electrical, liquid and gaseous bioenergy within a bioenergy facility.
The US Forest Services outlines that the funds that’ll be awarded under the 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant be used completely to plan the creation of such bioenergy facilities by way of financially supporting the engineering strategies which are vital for the development of the final design and cost research.
To be more definitive, the US Forest Service has revealed that examples of these projects could include any of the following:
1) The development of a woody biomass boiler for a steam at a sawmill, a school or a hospital.
2) The development of a non-pressurized hot water system that can be exploited for numerous applications.
3) The development of a biomass power generation facility.
The awardees under this programme will not have to worry about physical construction efforts as they can get help from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency.
The United States Forest Service is about to administer a total funding amount of $3,000,000 to support this project alone.
The organizations and establishments who will be permitted to submit a proposal under this inquiry are the following:
a) Higher Education Institutions such as Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education and Non-public Institutions of Higher Education
b) Hispanic-serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Establishments
c) Non-profit organizations other than institutions of higher education
d) For-Profit Organizations such as Small Businesses
e) State Governments, County Governments, City or Township Governments, Special District Governments, Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized), and Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Apart from Federally Recognised)
f) Independent School Districts, Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities, Native American Tribal Organisations (apart from Federally recognized tribal regimes), Faith-based or Community-based Associations, and Regional Organizations.