7 U.S. Code § 7655b - Forestry products advanced utilization research
The Secretary shall establish a forestry and forestry products research and extension initiative to develop and disseminate science-based tools that address the needs of the forestry sector and their respective regions, forest and timberland owners and managers, and forestry products engineering, manufacturing, and related interests.
The initiative described in subsection (a) shall include the following activities:
(1) Research conducted for purposes of—
(2) Demonstration activities and technology transfer to demonstrate the beneficial characteristics of wood as a green building material, including investments in life cycle assessment for wood products.
(3) Projects designed to improve—
(1) In general
The Secretary shall make competitive grants to carry out the activities described in subsection (b).
In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall give higher priority to activities that are carried out by entities that—
(B) have explicit mechanisms to communicate results to producers, forestry industry stakeholders, policymakers, and the public; and
In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall follow the requirements of paragraphs (4), (7), (8), and (11)(B) of subsection (b) ofsection 450i of this title.
The Secretary shall ensure that any activities carried out under this section are carried out in coordination with the Forest Service, including the Forest Products Laboratory, and other appropriate agencies of the Department.
The Secretary shall submit an annual report to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate describing, for the period covered by the report—
(2) the number of buildings the Forest Service has built with wood as the primary structural material; and
(f) Authorization of appropriations
(1) In general
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $7,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.
Source(Pub. L. 105–185, title VI, § 617, as added Pub. L. 113–79, title VII, § 7310,Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 892.)