Monthly archives: January, 2018

ARTS INITIATIVE PAYS HOMAGE TO CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT TREES

Artist Janet Austin captures ‘The A”maze”ing Larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer’ in her sculpture at Palmer Square Park.

Through special arrangement with Chicago Sculpture International, more than two dozen dead or dying trees, have been transformed into works of art on Chicago Park District land throughout the city during the last four years.

The 2017 collection of tree sculptures includes the “A”maze”ing Larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer,’ a creative look at the pest and the path it created boring into the tree it ultimately killed.
Check out the story in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update and then visit the Chicago Tree Project website to view all of the creations and the park that each one graces.
Also, this month, watch the third episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling Series. This video features the owners of Van Urban Timber in Vancouver, BC.

I was happy to receive a call from a writer for Tree Services magazine for information about the urban wood movement. I was delighted to oblige with discussing the Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s mission to putting felled and fallen urban trees to their best and highest valued use. A link to the article is included.

If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to check out the invitation to join the Urban Wood Network. Free membership is being offered until June.
Keep me in mind if you have a story, photo or comment to share about your involvement in the urban wood movement.
Until next time,
Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org


Tree Services Magazine Focuses on Using Urban Tree Waste

The October 2017 issue of Tree Services magazine featured an article on managing urban tree waste.

“Wood Waste Considerations,” included quotes from Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team about putting felled urban trees to their highest and best use. Christianson noted that tree care professionals “are on the front lines – they often know of desirable trees that are coming down because of whatever reason, whether its emerald ash borer, storm damage or utility work – so we’re trying to get them more involved.”

Read the full article.

 



Video: Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest

In the third episode of its Urban Sawmillomg Series, Wood-Mizer profiles Van Urban Timber of Vancouver, BC.

The company, started by Eric Savics and Danny Hagge, has grown in leaps and bounds, specializing in  the production of live-edge slabs and custom wood furniture from locally salvaged urban trees.

“Van Urban Timber started with a theory and an idea that came from Danny … that there were enough urban trees coming down on a daily basis that could sustain enough fiber to run a small timber business,” Savics said. “What we would do, is provide a free service to go and pick up these trees whether they were coming down for reasons of liability, aesthetic, development, what have you.”

“When we started Van Urban Timber we were excited because we were doing something people weren’t doing in the city,” said Hagge. “We were taking green waste and turning it into something no one was producing in Vancouver. I think that is the backbone of our company. No matter what, we are always going to strive to be recycling, reusing, and I think that’s the way of the future. Renewable is definitely the way.”

Learn more about Van Urban Timber.

Watch more of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling Series

Episode I: Indy Urban Hardwood

Episode II: Manayunk Timber

 



SUFC Slates Annual Meeting for March 7

The Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition (SUFC)  will hold its annual meeting on March 7 at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, 700 2nd Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

The meeting will focus on the relationship between public health and resiliency through green infrastructure.

A networking reception will follow that same evening at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001.

SUFC is dedicated to educating policy makers and the public about the need for healthy urban forests on a national and local level.

Learn more.