A bill to clarify research and development for wood products, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Timber Innovation Act of 2017

This bill directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting through the
Research and Development and the State and Private Forestry deputy areas of the
Forest Service, to conduct performance-driven research and development,
education, and technical assistance to facilitate the use of innovative wood
products in wood building construction in the United States. Such activities
shall give priority to: (1) improving the commercialization of such products,
(2) analyzing the safety of tall wood building materials, (3) calculating and
reducing the life cycle environmental footprint of tall wood building
construction, and (4) analyzing the potential implications of the use of
innovative wood products in building construction on wildlife.

"Tall wood building" means a building designed to be over 85 feet high and
constructed with large panelized wood construction, including cross-laminated
timber, nail laminated timber, glue laminated timber, laminated strand lumber,
and laminated veneer lumber.

 USDA shall carry out an annual competition for FY2017-FY2021 for a tall wood
building design, or other innovative wood product demonstration, in accordance
with the requirements for prize competitions carried out under the
Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980. 

The Forest Service, in carrying out a wood innovation grant program, may make
grants to advance the use of innovative wood products, with priority to grant
proposals that include the use or retrofitting of existing sawmill facilities in
counties where the average annual unemployment rate exceeded the national
average by more than 1% in the previous year.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

    Mar 7th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Mar 7th, 2017