- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving the Maine Forest Service more than $380,000 to assist the state’s wood products industry.

The USDA is supplying a pair of Wood Innovation Grants to the state. One is $250,000 toward a program called “Strengthening and Expanding Maine Wood Markets.”

The rest of the money is to help establish a Maine State Wood Energy Assistance Team. The team is expected to coordinate technical and financial assistance. It will also promote low-emissions heating technology.

The team will include industry members, government representatives and people form the non-profit community.

The grants are part of more than $8.5 million being distributed nationwide to expand and promote the use of wood in commercial construction, power generation and other industries.

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