Read this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update for more details about each of these webcasts and registration information.
The Urban Wood Network invites land owners, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers and all others interested in helping advance the urban wood movement to participate in this free 90-minute webinar.
Learn more about the UWN, its goals and how to become a member. In addition, ask questions or share your input with how the UWN can best serve your needs.
The Urban Wood Network was founded in 2017 by individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin who have been dedicated to building urban wood businesses since the early 2000s. We united to promote and demonstrate urban wood utilization. We are doing more than just saving trees from a waste stream; we are giving them a second life at their highest use, whether its mulch and firewood or premium end products like furniture and flooring.
We’ve learned from experience that the only way to have an ultimate impact, to truly establish full circle urban forestry management, is to work cooperatively from arborist to value-added manufacturer on a local level. A cohesive supply chain is the only way to get the highest product from these trees. Now, we want to use our collective experiences to assist other businesses and others to join this developing industry.
Plan on to join us for this webinar and learn how you can join the urban wood movement. Speakers will include Don Peterson, Rich Christianson, Russel Hinnah, Jessica Simons, and Dwayne Sperber.
This webinar is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Register by April 13. For additional information or questions, contact the Urban Wood Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906.875.3720.
About the Presenters
Don Peterson is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Resources Institute and Wisconsin Urban Wood. Don has led the development of several forest industry related associations and has facilitated large-scale mechanized tree removals in urban settings in Wisconsin.
Rich Christianson is Owner of Richson Media, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the North American woodworking industry and is Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.
Russell Hinnah is a Community Forestry Program Supervisor and Certified Arborist at the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Jessica Simons is the owner of Verdant Stewardship, a consultancy with expertise in urban wood use and other natural resources management issues. She coordinates the Michigan Urban Wood Network and the national Firewood Scout program on behalf of the Sustainable Resources Alliance and provides ongoing support for Recycle Ann Arbor’s Urbanwood Project.
Dwayne Sperber, Owner of Wudeward Forest Products, is a supplier or urban wood, an industry advocate, a Wisconsin Urban Wood founding partner, and a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.
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Add the Virginia Urban Forest Council to the growing list of organizations upping their game to promote the creation of local urban wood networks. The VUFC recently created the Virginia Urban Wood Group and developed an Urban Wood and Small Woodlot Forestry Business Directory for its website virginiatrees.org.
The directory allows businesses throughout the state to list their products and services including custom milling, drying kiln, lumber sales and custom made furniture. Users of the guide can search for specific products services either state wide or narrow their search to a single city to find a local source.
The Virginia Urban Wood Group was created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia’s forest products economy. Goals of the Virginia Urban Wood Group include:
Firewood and nursery stock are restricted from leaving the quarantine zone which now includes all or parts of 31 states, Washington, DC, and Ontario and Quebec.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), since its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002, emerald ash borer infestations have been detected in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Beginning in 2007, APHIS initiated a search for potential biological control agents in China. Most recently, in 2015, the stingless wasp, Spathius galinae, was released. Efforts are ongoing to find and evaluate additional biological control agents.