Wood Utilization

work group

Government agencies alone cannot hope to adequately reduce fire risk and preserve healthy and sustainable forest lands. State and federal policies must attract private sector investments into a vibrant wood products market that advances the state’s sustainable forest management strategy. Facilitating expanded economic activity in this sector will increase the value of woody biomass and help meet our state’s sustainable forest management goals.


Joint Institute for
Wood Products Innovation:


UCANR Woody Biomass
Utilization Group:


Wood and Biomass
Utilization Program:


Governor’s Office of Business
and Economic Development:


CAL FIRE Wood Products
and Bioenergy Program:


Forest Biomass to Carbon-Negative
Biofuels Pilot Program:


Wood Utilization Work Group

Work Group Leads:

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

California Department of Conservation

Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation

USDA Forest Service

Participating Organizations

California Energy Commission

California Air Resources Board

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

California Public Utilities commission


University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension

California Infrastructure and Investment Bank

The Nature Conservancy

Southern California Edison


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Green Power Institute

Cal Recycle

California Board of Forestry, Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation

Nevada County

USDA Forest Service

California Department of Conservation


The Sierra Institute

California Biomass Energy Alliance

Bioenergy Association of California


The Watershed Center

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Conservation Strategy Group

Rural County Representatives of California

Sierra Business Council

Scott’s Valley Band of Pomo Indians

California Air Pollution Control Officers Association

Blue Forest Conservation

Key Actions Assigned:

3.5 – 3.12