FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 6, 2023)
Minneapolis, MN - Dovetail Partners has been awarded a $271,480 grant through the USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Grant Program to support a partnership between Dovetail Partners, Minnesota Power, and the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District. Partners are contributing $283,000 in matching funds.
The USDA announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $43 million 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. Dovetail Partners will receive $271,480 in funding for its Northern Minnesota Closed Cycle Biochar Pilot.
This project will demonstrate the soil health value of biochar application and compare biochar from commercial and smaller-scale efforts to produce high-quality biochar. The project's at-scale demonstration and comparison of the biochar's characteristics from various production modes using common feedstocks will lay the foundation for a circular economy in northern Minnesota which can create a sustainable, long-term outlet for wildfire fuels in the Superior National Forest region.
The funding is made possible in part by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. The funds are being invested in 123 projects nationwide through Community Wood Grants and Wood Innovations Grants, which is a longstanding Forest Service grant program that promotes innovation in wood products and renewable wood energy economies.
The Wood Innovations Grant Program is investing in proposals that expand traditional wood utilization projects, promote using wood as a construction material in commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings, and expand wood energy markets.