PRINCETON, WV -- The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) is accepting applications for cost-share demonstration project grants.

The WERC grants support sustainable forestry and forest industry in the eastern hardwood region.

“As with previous grants, these projects will help ensure the sustainability and health of our hardwood forests,” said WERC Director Steve Milauskas. “Additionally, projects created by these grants will make it more economical to harvest lower-value trees and allow us to take better care of our forests.”

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, tribes, and for-profit organizations. The average grant size is anticipated to be $56,000 and may vary from $10,000 to $80,000. Federal funds must be matched at least one-to-one by the recipient.

Completed grant applications are due by February 1, 2011. The application form and instructions are on the WERC website. A panel will review and score all proposals based on the evaluation criteria.

The WERC is a sponsor of the 3rd Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference, March 17-18 in Indianapolis, IN.

Read more about Wood Education and Resource Center's grant program.

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