Monthly archives: July, 2018

Part One of ‘How-to Do Urban Wood’ Webinar Sells Out

Congratulations if you were fortunate to grab a seat for the July 25 webinar, “Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization.” The first of a four-part webinar series presented by the Urban Wood Network quickly maxed-out its 90-participant capacity during registration leading up to the free 90-minute program.

The good news is that if you missed out on the live presentation, you will be able to watch the full program at your leisure on-demand. The webinar, produced by the U.S. Forest Service, will be archived on urbanwoodnetwork.org. I also will share a link on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s website when it becomes available,

The informative program featured presentations by Matthew Staudenmaier, forestry department supervisor of Eau Claire, WI; Dan Coy, city forester of Grand Rapids, MI; Kevin LaPointe, city forester of Kansas City, KS; and August Hoppe, president of Hoppe Tree Service of West Allis, WI.

Registration is open for part two of the webinar series: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CST Wednesday, August 29. Learn more about the entire How To Do Urban Wood webinar series in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured in this issue 

Our colleagues of Wisconsin Urban Wood invite urban wood enthusiasts to attend the Urban Forest Fest scheduled for September 15 in Milwaukee. Read about the fest, including how to become an exhibitor of this event that attracted approximately 500 people in 2016.

Horigan Urban Forest Products of Skokie, IL, has been a pioneer of the urban wood movement in Illinois. In addition to managing a tree care company and sawmill business, Bruce and Erika Horigan operate a showroom and warehouse that is open to the public. Read the Q&A with Erika Horigan discussing the couple’s commitment to keeping good urban wood out of the waste stream.

Learn how to connect with urban wood proactivists around the globe by joining the Urban Wood Network LinkedIn group that now numbers more than 1,750 strong.

Finally, if you by chance are heading to Atlanta next month for the International Woodworking Fair, make sure to attend the Urban Wood Network’s free seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” set for 1 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The lights are always on for receiving your urban wood stories, photos and experiences to share with the Illinois Urban Wood Update subscriber base.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team


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How Urban Wood Use Mitigates Climate Change

Sam Sherrill, a household name in urban wood utilization circles, recently presented the environmental benefits of making products with urban wood at a workshop organized by Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods.

His presentation focused on a research paper he co-authored with Steve Bratkovich of Dovetail Partners. The research, Sherrill says, was conducted to show “how urban wood products sequester carbon that would otherwise form the green house gas CO2 when the same wood was used as fuel or mulch. Basically, every pound of carbon held in a wood product prevents the formation of 3.667 pounds of CO2.”

Sherrill shares his “quick way to do these calculations for a range of hardwoods and softwoods… “Individual urban forest product businesses can calculate how much CO2 is not formed by each of their products and for all their products on an annual basis. This directly links urban tree utilization to the mitigation of climate change/global warming.

“Thus, utilizing urban wood to produce solid wood products (instead of fuel and mulch) makes both environmental and economic sense. Both are marketing facts that will be very important to buyers who want products that make the best economic use of an urban resource and, at the same time, make an environmental contribution.”

Sherrill adds that he plans to approach the California Air Resources Board to consider including urban products as part of the state’s cap and trade.

Click here to access Sherrill’s urban wood workshop presentation.

Click here to view the urban wood carbon sequestration research project co-authored by Sherrill and Bratkovich.

Sam welcomes questions and comments to this research project. Contact him at ssherrill50@gmail.com.



Wisconsin Urban Forest Fest Set for Sept. 15

 

Wisconsin Urban Wood (WUW), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Lynden Sculpture Garden, will present the 2018 Urban Forest Fest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Urban Forest Fest is an event to connect the public to the urban forest and its products.

Many people forget that wood comes from trees; Urban Forest Fest will make the connection between neighborhood trees and the wood products people use on a daily basis by telling the tree-to-table story.

Planned activities and exhibits include the Wisconsin Arborist Association Kids’ Climb, a sawmill demonstration, WUW members’ wood products and services, WEDC and the USDA Forest Service, along with music and food.

More than 500 people attended the 2016 Urban Forest Fest. View invitation to exhibit at the Fest.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2146 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee.

Save the Date: Urban Wood Symposium
Wisconsin Urban Wood also is in the planning stages of an Urban Wood Symposium geared for architects and designers, as well as municipal professionals including city foresters, park directors, public works managers, etc. The one-day program will feature a key-note address by Jessica Simons, representative of the Michigan Urban Wood Network and Michigan state lead for the Urban Wood Network. The event is tentatively planned for Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Madison or Milwaukee area.



Q&A with Erika Horigan of Horigan Urban Forest Products

Horigan Urban Wood ProductsHorigan Urban Forest Products of Skokie, IL, has been blazing trails in the utilization of urban wood for 15 years. In recent years the Horigans moved into larger quarters that includes a sawmill, warehouse and retail operation.

Erika Horigan, who co-owns the company with her husband, Bruce, discusses how Horigan UFP got started and her enjoyment in seeing felled community trees get a second chance as lumber and wood products.

“We first thought of the idea of milling urban logs in the late ‘70s. My husband Bruce, who is a certified arborist, was working in the tree care industry. He could hardly believe how many good milling logs were going into the landfill.”

Read about the company’s success on UrbanWoodNetwork.org.



Urban Wood Network Announces ‘How To Do Urban Wood’ Webinar Series

Editor’s note: Register for upcoming webinars and view completed webinars on demand.

The Urban Wood Network presents the “How To Do Urban Wood” webinar series. Each month a panel of experts in the urban wood field will share how they have successfully utilized urban wood.

Enthusiasts from every link of the urban wood supply chain will gain a better understanding of how others in every link of the supply chain have successfully been involved in utilizing urban through their own ingenuity and through networking with others in the urban wood community.

The Urban Wood Network invites municipalities, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers and all others interested in helping advance the urban wood movement to participate in one or all of these four 90-minute webinars.

Webinar #1: Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization – July 25 1:00 p.m. EST 

#1: Urban Tree Removals

Urban forests can be sustainably managed from ‘seed to sawdust’ by capturing valuable urban forest products from urban trees that need to be removed. This webinar will show different models of full circle urban forest stewardship that are used to reclaim urban forest products from those felled trees, and what strategies have been employed to support the reclamation of those urban forest products.

Participants will learn:

  • The social and economic benefits of urban wood utilization
  • How to develop and implement a removal plan
  • Tree removal strategies to create urban forest products
  • How to identify markets for urban forest products
  • Who to contact for assistance
  • How to incorporate urban wood into policy
  • How to partner with an urban wood network to achieve their goals

    Speakers:
    Matthew Staudenmaier – City of Eau Claire, WI
    Matt is the Forestry Department Supervisor for the City of Eau Claire, WI.  He leads a team of 5 fulltime ISA Certified Arborists and is charged with the maintenance of over 32,000 street trees.  Emerald Ash Borer and diversification of the City’s tree population will continue to be the major challenges facing his Department, along with constricted budgets and labor force.  Finding creative solutions while maintaining public trust and respect has been vital to his success, including overseeing implementation of the City’s urban wood use agreement with Wisconsin Urban Wood which allows WUW members to utilize removed trees from the City’s urban wood yard.Dan Coy – City of Grand Rapids, MI
    Dan is the City Forester for the City of Grand Rapids, MI where he’s worked for the past two and a half years.  Dan is leading the forestry team to improve the health and vigor of the city forest to achieve 40% canopy coverage over the city through a data driven approach that makes best use of technological advances to maximize safety and efficiency in forestry operations.  Prior to working in Grand Rapids, Dan developed an urban forestry program with 3 components – urban wood utilization, community tree planting funded by log sales, and workshops & education in Elkhart, IN.Kevin LaPointe – Kansas City, MO
    Kevin is the City Forester for the City of Kansas City, MO, Parks & Recreation Department where he has worked for twenty-one years.  He oversees more than 415,000 city trees which line the streets and boulevards in the 320-square mile incorporated city limits of Kansas City, MO and in the 12,000 acres of land comprising 222 developed and undeveloped parks.  Kevin served on the Board of the Mid-West Chapter of the ISA from 2016-2018. He is a past recipient of the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence, and an Environmental Achievement Award for Urban Forest Preservation for his work with EAB management.August Hoppe – Hoppe Tree Service
    August is the Past President of the Wisconsin Arborist Association, Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, and incoming board member for the Tree Care Industry Association.  He is the President of Hoppe Tree Service.  Hoppe’s Urban Wood Lab Store utilizes urban wood from its tree service division.  The Hoppe Urban Wood Lab Store mills lumber and natural edge slabs, selling directly to its tree care clients, and maintains a retail location where urban wood products are sold.

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It                                 August 29, 2018 1:00 p.m. EST

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Lumber made from urban wood has unique and valuable attributes but urban logs can be difficult to process/saw.  Urban wood is a legitimate source of lumber products, this webinar will have examples of: various sawing methods for producing urban lumber, lumber drying strategies, and how to market what you produce.

Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where     September 26, 2018 1:00 p.m. EST

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Consumers from all over the country are joining the urban wood movement and are buying urban wood products in all shapes and sizes, from cutting boards to fine furniture to architectural lumber.  This webinar will discuss examples: of urban wood products, urban lumber sourcing, and examples of local/ regional/national markets.

Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network                                               October 25, 2018 1:00 p.m. EST

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The Urban Wood Network was founded in 2017 by individuals and entities who have been dedicated to building urban wood businesses since the early 2000s.  We’ve learned that the only way to have a substantial impact, to truly establish full circle urban forestry management, is to work cooperatively from municipality/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 businesses and others to join this developing industry. This webinar will give an overview of the urban wood movement, provide examples of: different state/regional networks, potential funding options, different organizational structures, and how you can start your own state network.

For more information, contact the Urban Wood Network at 906-875-3720 or info@urbanwoodnetwork.org.

This project is supported by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.