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UWN Webinar #1 On Demand: Urban Tree Removals

Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization, the first in a series of webinars presented by the Urban Wood Network is available on demand.

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 shows 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.

Highlights include:
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.

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GWTP Celebrates 25 Years Training Low-Income Chicagoans for Woodworking Careers

Since being established 25 years ago, the Greater West Town Training Partnership (GWTP) has trained and placed some 900 low-income adults with jobs in Chicago-area woodworking firms.

Doug Rappe, GWTP program coordinator and a member of the Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team, has been involved with GWTP since its inception in 1993. The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association honored Rappe for his long-standing commitment to workforce development with its prestigious Educator of the Year Award in 2014.

GWTP is part of the Greater West Town Community Development Project, a not-for-profit entity that gets its funding from a variety of public agencies and charitable foundations. In addition to woodworking, GWTP offers a hands-on shipping and receiving training program. The two training programs each occupy space in a 55,000-square-foot facility that formerly housed an envelope manufacturer located at 500 N. Sacramento Blvd.

Read more about this award-winning program.

Learn more about the Greater West Town Partnership Project.



Story of Riverside’s Wind-Felled Oak Featured in Woodshop News

The tale of how a storm-damaged white oak in Riverside, IL, was salvaged from the landfill and converted into desks for village trustees was chronicled in Woodshop News, a national publication for professional woodworkers.

“The story demonstrates how a village forester/arborist, sawyer and woodworker worked together to put the more than 160-year-old tree to a higher use as custom furniture. Michael Collins, village forester of Riverside, credits the Illinois Wood Utilization Team for inspiring him to seek the support of elected officials to make the project happen.

A 16-foot log salvaged from the 80-foot tall tree was milled by Bull Valley Hardwood of Woodstock, IL. Paul Meyer of Woodstock Woodworks & Studio devoted some 450 hours to producing the trio of desks.

Click here to read the article.

 



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.



ADDING VALUE TO URBAN TREES: TWO UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT MSU

What can we do with urban trees after they need to be removed?  Two upcoming workshops help answer that question. The workshops are being held to promote the launch of the Michigan Urban Wood Network, a new group focused on finding the highest and best use for trees removed from Michigan’s community landscapes.

Each event will begin with overview presentations by area experts and will follow with hands-on field demonstrations. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35 for each workshop and includes full lunch. Please notify the planning team of any special dietary needs after registration.

 

View Workshop Agenda: Adding Value to Urban Wood: Small Batch Kiln Drying Workshop

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WHEN:    Monday, July 9, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHO:      Sawmill owners, woodworkers, and other wood industry members
WHERE: Michigan State University Department of Forestry, 480 Wilson Road, Room #338, East Lansing

 

View Workshop Agenda: Actionable Strategies for Managing Wood from Urban & Community Trees

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WHEN:     Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHO:       Arborists, community foresters, and other land managers
WHERE:  MSU Department of Forestry, 480 Wilson Road, Room #216. East Lansing

Qualify to win a free workshop registration! Please help us understand your organization’s needs better by completing one of our surveys: Sawmill Survey or Municipal & Tree Care Industry Survey.



IWF Urban Wood Seminar Gains Diverse Sponsorship Support

Seminar focused on repurposing felled community trees receives solid sponsorship push from Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

 

An intriguing mix of companies exhibiting at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) have signed on as sponsors of “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement.” The free 90-minute seminar is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The diverse cast of urban wood seminar sponsors includes Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

“It is extremely gratifying to see these four major companies throw their support behind the concept of utilizing community and landscape trees at the end of their service as lumber and wood products when possible,” said Rich Christianson, a representative of the Urban Wood Network, organizer of the event. “We’re excited to educate woodworkers about the benefits of networking with local tree care professionals and sawyers to use locally reclaimed lumber in their custom projects.”

Featured presenters will include Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI; Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA; and Joe Lehnen, a representative of the Virginia Urban Wood Group. Each of the presentations will highlight opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

About the Sponsors
Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, (booth 6575) is the lead sponsor of the IWF urban wood seminar. As a world-wide leader in the manufacture of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, Wood-Mizer has long been a strong advocate of repurposing trees felled in the urban wood as lumber and wood products. The company’s diverse product offering also includes wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, kilns, moulders/planers, pallet recycling equipment, and bandsaw blades.

“With Wood-Mizer’s thin-kerf blade technology, diseased and dying city trees can find new life in a piece of furniture that could have otherwise gone to waste,” said Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer. “Throughout the past decade, Wood-Mizer has seen a major influx of successful businesses who are utilizing urban sourced wood for their sawmilling operations and we are proud to manufacture a product that enables small businesses to be profitable with an underutilized resource. While Wood-Mizer has been educating woodworkers about the positive environmental and economic impact of urban wood for years, the Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018 will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

Among the products Wood-Mizer will exhibit at IWF is the LT40 Hydraulic Wide portable sawmill. This industry workhorse for producing quality lumber fast and easily features a 34-inch width of cut and 21-foot log length capacity. Wood-Mizer will also show the MP260 and MP360 four-sided planers/moulders. These single-pass machines can be used to manufacture flooring, planed boards, crown moulding, cabinet trim, door and window frames and furniture components. 

Richelieu of Saint Laurent, QC, (booth 1604) is one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of specialty hardware and complementary products in North America. Richelieu operates more than 50 distribution centers to service over 80,000 customers engaged in the manufacture of kitchen and bath cabinets, closets and storage spaces, and home and office furnishings.

Richelieu will continue the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary at IWF 2018. The company will display its latest innovations in hardware, fasteners, lighting, storage solutions and more.

Dynabrade of Clarence, NY, (booth 8121) has been designing and manufacturing high-quality portable abrasive power tools in the United States for more than 50 years. Dynabrade also offers dust collection solutions and accessories for its abrasive power tools. “Dynabrade is a company that is going through a “Going Green” program,” said Andy Mandell, marketing manager. “We’re eliminating waste and creating a new recycling program. It’s fantastic to see old wood serving new purposes. and Dynabrade is proud to be a part of it.

Dynabrade will introduce the Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander line at IWF. It features an ergonomic design with a tactile soft grip over-mold for a comfortable feel. The 12,000 rpm more has an improved rotor design for enhanced power.

Safety Speed Manufacturing of Ham Lake, MN, (booth 6013) is a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality panel processing machinery. Safety Speeds product line includes a full line of vertical panel saws, panel routers, widebelt sanders, edgebanders, screw pocket machines and sign-making equipment. Tom Houska, marketing manager of Safety Speed, said supporting the urban wood movement is an extension of the company’s environmental initiatives. “We are constantly aiming to decrease resource consumption through improved efficiency in our manufacturing processes, eliminate unnecessary resource use and decrease the amount of waste produced through our manufacturing activities.”

At IWF 2018, Safety Speed will demonstrate a manufacturing work cell to more efficiently process panels. The integrated solution includes the 7400 vertical panel saw, Conquest 23-spindle line boring machine, 72GP glue pot edgebander and SPM 301 screw pocket machine, which will make its debut at IWF.

 

Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register at IWFAtlanta.com.

For information about the IWF Urban Wood seminar, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

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About the Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. UWN has opened up membership to other state urban wood organizations as well as individual companies and entities. The four state partners include: Illinois Wood Utilization Team; Michigan Urban Wood Network; Missouri Department of Conservation; and Wisconsin Urban Wood.



Video: Introducing the Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods Network

Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products in Sheridan, CA, is a long-time proponent of repurposing trees salvaged from the urban forest, as lumber and wood products. She recently took the lead in launching the Urban Salvage & Reclaimed Wood Network to bring together urban wood stakeholders west of the Rockies. Alger will participate in the expert panel assembled for the seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Network,” scheduled for Aug. 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

Learn more about Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods Network.