Monthly archives: December, 2018

Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday season

There has been little down time for the Urban Wood Network. Fresh off the heels of its well-received “How-to-Do Urban Wood” webinar series, UWN is organizing a special presentation focused on the new Urban Wood Toolkit assembled by our colleagues in Michigan. The free 90-minute webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 30. 

There has been little down time for the Urban Wood Network. Fresh off the heels of its well-received “How-to-Do Urban Wood” webinar series, UWN is organizing a special presentation focused on the new Urban Wood Toolkit assembled by our colleagues in Michigan. The free 90-minute webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 30. 

The Urban Wood Toolkit provides a comprehensive checklist for implementing or expanding an urban wood use network. Kudos to Jessica Simon, Margaret Miller and everyone else who participated in creating this marvelous series of documents. Read this month’s newsletter to learn how to register for this special webinar presentation. 

Also in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update: 

  • Read how Hoppe Tree Service of Milwaukee has taken a full-circle approach to urban forestry by launching the Urban Wood Lab, a retail outlet for lumber, slabs and wood products created from urban tree removals. 
  • Eutree, an urban sawmill and lumber supplier based in Villa Rica, GA, was honored by Green America with a People and Planet Award. 
  • Sawmilling “out-of-shape” logs to improve yield is the theme of a 2014 report available from the U.S Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Princeton, WV. It’s worth a read by all of you sawyers out there.

Happy New Year!
See you in 2019!! 
Rich Christianson
 Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org

READ THE DECEMBER ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE 



Urban Wood Network Slates ‘Urban Wood Toolkit’ Webinar for Jan. 30

Registration is open for the Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The webinar is a free 90-minute presentation of the Urban Wood Network.

The Urban Wood Toolkit was created to walk users through the necessary components of building an urban wood use plan and establishing wood utilization efforts within a community. The Toolkit is designed to be used by municipal foresters, city managers, community volunteers or students and to arm them with information needed to advance their wood utilization plan.


Register for the Webinar Now

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.

The Urban Wood Toolkit is divided into six bulletins:

—  Bulletin #1: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans

—  Bulletin #2: Building Organizational & Community Support for Urban Wood

—  Bulletin #3: Exploring Product Options for Urban Wood Utilization

Bulletin #4: Establishing an Urban Log Collection and Sorting Yard

—  Bulletin #5: Building Relationships with Wood Industry Partners

Bulletin #6: Recommended Resources for Building an Urban Wood Use Plan

The Urban Wood Toolkit was written by Jessica Simons of Verdant Stewardship and Margaret Miller of Spalted Banjo Consulting. With support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Forest Resource Division Forest Utilization and Marketing Program (special thanks to Dave Neumann), the Sustainable Resources Alliance and the U.S. Forest Services Northeastern Area – State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.

SPEAKERS
Author Margaret Miller and MDNR staff
will speak about the need for increasing urban wood utilization in Michigan and beyond and will walk participants through Bulletin #1.

Dave Neumann, Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Dave is a relative newcomer to the urban wood community, and has worked as a private land service forester and as a silviculturist for the DNR for 15 years before joining the wood use program.

Kevin Sayers, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Kevin has worked as the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator at the MDNR since 2002 where he administers the state urban forestry program at the MDNR out of Lansing. Kevin is a graduate of Michigan State University (2001) with a Master’s degree in Forestry. The urban forestry program provides technical, educational and financial assistance to communities and partners throughout the state to support a variety of urban forestry activities. Prior to working for the DNR, Kevin worked in the tree nursery industry, and with the municipal forestry program at the City of Lansing.

Margaret Miller, Spalted Banjo Consulting, MI. With a resume that ranges from championing the opening of an Urbanwood Marketplace within the City of Flint to chairing the City of Grand Rapids first ever Urban Wood Utilization Sub-Committee, Margaret views wood utilization as a vital management practice, obtainable to any community.  As a forester and consultant, Margaret is dedicated to viewing resource management through both an environmental and anthropocentric lens. Margaret received her degree in Forest Science from Michigan State University. As a consultant, for Spalted Banjo Consulting, Margaret strives to assist all of her clients by managing their projects and resources in the most effective and sustainable manner.

The Urban Wood Toolkit presentation is the latest in webinars presented by the Urban Wood Network. The UWN’s four-part “How to Do Urban Wood” Webinar Series is available for viewing on demand.

Access all UWN webinar presentations.

 



EAB Threatens 50,000 Trees in Lincoln, NE

The deadly emerald ash borer has made its way to Lincoln, NE, putting up to 50,000 public and private ash trees at risk.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the city has been bracing for the emerald ash borer’s arrival for the past three years. The wait ended when the EAB was cited within the city this fall.

According to the Journal Star, Lincoln has developed a 15 year plan to spend an estimated $22.8 million to combat the EAB invasion and its impact on 14,000 public ash trees. The plan includes removing about 1,000 ash trees a year and replacing them with other tree species. The city will spend about $10 million of the total to hire private tree care companies to remove ash trees with diameters of 18 inches or more.

The city has also held public hearings to outline its plan to residents. The newspaper reported that there is concern that many residents cannot afford to remove ash trees, which pose a safety hazard,  from their private property.

A related article by the Journal Star focused on a pair of workshops held in late November focused on utilizing some of the ash tree removals for lumber and wood products.

 

 

 

 



Dead Ash Trees Come to Life in Chainsaw Sculptures

 



Hoppe Tree Service Takes Full Circle Approach

Hoppe Tree Service of Milwaukee, WI, illustrates how a tree care specialist can branch out into producing urban lumber.

Hoppe Tree Service, is a full-service tree care company, that third generation owner August Hoppe says cut “our removed trees into firewood and not thinking anything of it.”

That approach changed in 2014, when Hoppe Tree Service purchased a launched the Urban Wood Lab and stated milling some of the logs of those removed urban trees into lumber. The company operates a retail store catering to professional custom woodworkers, hobbyists, etc.

In a 2017 interview with the Urban Wood Network, Hoppe said urban lumber sales were still a fraction of the company’s annual sales but had a great upside. “Right now it is still low, 3 to 5 percent of our business, but the company is growing at a fast rate. Within five years, I predict it will become between 5 and 10 percent of our revenue. Our goal would be to get to a place where we both remove trees and take on logs from other sources, becoming more of an aggregate of urban logs.”

To grow Urban Wood Lab’s business, Hoppe said, “We cross-brand to our existing client base. Telling the story of urban wood and providing the uniqueness of natural edge wood slabs are both working very well for us right now. We also participate in local networking and exhibiting events, such as home and garden shows. We market to anyone who has an appreciation for the uniqueness of wood.”

Read the full interview on UrbanWoodNetwork.org.

Learn more about the Urban Wood Lab.



Green America Honors GA Urban Wood Business

Eutree, an urban lumber business based in Villa Rica, GA, was one of two green businesses to receive the fall People & Planet Award from Green America.

Eutree is a sawmill and lumber supplier established in 2010 to divert what would otherwise be urban tree waste into flooring and other wood products. The company plans to use the $5,000 award to install log collections containers at tree service locations so that it can more efficiently collect them to convert into lumber.

According to EU’s website, the company’s founder Sims Acuff, an arborist in Atlanta, “got tired of throwing away logs… It’s so important that we stop neglecting the treasure of old-growth trees around us and begin utilizing the timber that is being remove from the people’s yard.”

The other fall award winner is Nature’s Magic, a woman-owned business in Athens, GA, that produces plant-based, non-toxic cleaners.

Green America is a non-profit whose “mission is to harness economic power – the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace – to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. .