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Q&A with Erika Horigan of Horigan Urban Forest Products

 

Horigan Urban Wood Products

Horigan 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.

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



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

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 

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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 goalsSpeakers:
    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.

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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.

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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 a representative of the Virginia Urban Wood Group. Each of the presentations will shighlight 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.



Wood-Mizer Acquires Swedish Manufacturer of 4-sided Planer/Moulders

Wood-Mizer has expanded its product range to include woodworking equipment with the acquisition of Swedish company, MOReTENs AB. Included are four-sided planer/moulders, table saws, spindle moulders and CNC routers, plus log home building machinery.

“Throughout our history, Wood-Mizer has been committed to providing the best quality equipment to process logs into finished wood products,” said Wood-Mizer President and CEO Richard Vivers. “The affordable and versatile moulder and planer product lines from MOReTENs have been proven worldwide for decades, and are now backed by the high-quality service and support network customers expect from Wood-Mizer.”

The founder and owner of MOReTENs, Bo Mårtensson, has joined Wood-Mizer as the General Director of the factory in Ostersund, Sweden. The factory in Sweden marks Wood-Mizer’s fifth manufacturing plant throughout the world including three facilities in the USA and one in Poland.

Wood-Mizer recently began offering new planers/moulders under the Wood-Mizer name through its distribution network. Read the full press release about the acquisition.

Wood-MIzer is the lead sponsor of the seminar “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” scheduled for Aug. 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.



More Than 1,750 Strong! Urban Wood Network LinkedIn Community

The Urban Wood Network’s LinkedIn page (formerly Urban Forest Product Alliance) is your 24/7 source for news, inspiration and commentary from North America and beyond.

As of this writing, the UWN’s LinkedIn community numbers 1,757 members. It’s a great resource for networking with your peers and finding new partners up and down the urban wood supply chain from arborists and sawyers through lumber sources and woodworkers.

Here are a few samples of recent postings on the UWN LinkedIn site:

So what are you waiting for? If you are not already a member, dive in!

Urban Woodworking Network LinkedIn



Wisconsin Urban Wood Graces Ortho’s Office

The reception area of Bubon Orthodonists in Milwaukee has a decidedly local flavor, and for good reason. The backdrop of the reception counter is wall cladding made with Wisconsin urban wood.

The reception area was designed by Rick Pipek of in.studio architecture also of Milwaukee.

Wudeward Urban Forest Products, a member of Wisconsin Urban Wood, furnished the high-quality urban wood planks used in the project.

Read more about this project.

Note: Wudeward owner Dwayne Sperber bill be a featured presenter of “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement” seminar scheduled for Aug. 24 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Lean more.

 



Study: U.S. Metro Areas Losing 36M Trees Annually

A new study authored by David Nowak Eric Greenfield of the U.S. Forest Service concludes that the U.S. is losing some 36 million trees each year in U.S. metropolitan areas. That equates to about 175,000 acres of mostly urban forest.

The study, published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greenery, has been cited by numerous media and websites including Science Alert. The Science Alert article notes that the tree loss totals about $96 million a year in benefits such as removal of air pollution, sequestering carbon and conserving energy by providing shade to buildings.

Urban development, catastrophic storms like Hurricane Katrina and insect infestation are among the culprits to the nation’s shrinking urban tree canopy.

The researchers used paired aerial photographs from Google Earth to monitor forest coverage in 1,000 locations for each of the 50 states across the United States from 2009 to 2014, according to Science Alert.

Read Science Alerts‘ full article.



COMMUNITIES ACROSS CHICAGOLAND JOIN TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus announced that 95 Chicago-area communities that are members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have signed the Greenest Region Compact (GRC). These communities will use the GRC as a guide to implement local actions that together will promote sustainability across the region with an emphasis on creating healthy, thriving communities.

The GRC represents consensus goals that build vibrant and strong communities, and sustain healthy environments for people and nature. The common goals and practical strategies in the Greenest Region Compact come from an extensive study of what the 275 Metropolitan Mayors Caucus communities are already doing to be sustainable and what sustainability goals they have already set for themselves. Mayors contributed to and agreed to support these goals, tailored for municipal action, in ten areas that include climate, economic development, energy, land, leadership, mobility, municipal operations, sustainable communities, water, waste and recycling.

One of the goals of the GRC framework titled “Sustain a Robust Urban Forest Canopy” is the goal “Harvest and utilize high-value wood products from trees that must be removed.”

“Mayors and community leaders really put their heads together to come up with the Greenest Region Compact. Now, communities of all sizes can benefit from this collaborative planning effort and leap ahead to take meaningful actions,” said Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

The Greenest Region Compact assembled practical, achievable and meaningful strategies into a companion guide: the GRC Framework. This tool enables communities to evaluate their current environmental initiatives and guide future efforts. Communities that have adopted the GRC are now working together towards these common goals, using the GRC Framework to guide and track their progress.

Examples of collaborative efforts include:

Goal – Advance Renewable Energy: A national designation program, SolSmart recognizes communities that remove local barriers to solar energy and help grow solar markets. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus led 12 GRC Communities and three counties to work together to earn SolSmart designation by streamlining local permitting, planning and zoning procedures, to make it faster, easier and more affordable for residents and businesses to go solar. Earning SolSmart designation helps municipalities prepare for solar development, an industry that is expected to grow in Illinois by 2,600 percent by the year 2030 because of a new state law.

Goal – Beautiful Landscapes That Are Good For The Environment: The remarkable and beautiful monarch butterfly is endangered and new habitat is needed to protect them. GRC Communities are helping to restore the monarch butterfly by creating landscapes where milkweed—a plant vital to the monarch’s survival—can thrive. These landscapes support other native plants that provide nourishment and shelter for other important pollinator insects and birds. Twentysix GRC Communities are working with volunteer groups to create pollinator habitats along railroad tracks, in subdivisions, in parks and around schools and municipal buildings. These gardens bring together residents of all ages to learn, work together and even enjoy honey from community apiaries such as those in Hanover Park and Westmont.

Goal – Energy Efficiency: Forty-four GRC Communities upgraded their own public facilities to reduce consumption of energy. To save energy and reduce carbon footprint, these communities switched lighting fixtures, upgraded ventilation, heating and cooling systems to maximize performance and energy efficiency. The Village of Schaumburg upgraded to high-efficiency lighting systems throughout their municipal facilities—from fire stations and Village Hall to the Schaumburg Airport to save at least $150,000 each year in energy costs. River Forest replaced nearly 900 streetlights with energy-saving LED fixtures, saving 638,000 kW hours a year—enough to power 70 homes for a year. The total energy savings by all GRC Communities working together sequesters 23,802,023 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). That is the amount of CO2 captured by 12,717 acres of US forests in one year.

About Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages. Founded in 1997, the Mayors Caucus pushes past geographical boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. The Caucus provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home. For more information, visit http://mayorscaucus.org .

About Greenest Region Compact
The Greenest Region Compact (GRC) promotes sustainability in Chicago communities across the region with an emphasis on building strong and vibrant communities. The foundation of the GRC are 49 high-level goals that have been reached by consensus; not only are the goals aligned with important local, regional, national and global goals, but they also have support from 95 communities that have adopted the GRC. GRC consensus goals guide municipal action, support mayors in their role as environmental leaders, and foster collaboration that will have positive impacts on the region. For more information, visit http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/rec.

The GRC Communities are: Algonquin, Algonquin Township, Alsip, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bannockburn, Barrington, Batavia, Beach Park, Blue Island, Bolingbrook, Braidwood, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Burlington, Campton Hills, Carol Stream. Carpentersville. Cary, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Countryside, Crete, Crystal Lake, Darien, Diamond, Elgin, Evergreen Park, Flossmoor, Fox Lake, Frankfort, Franklin Park, Geneva, Glencoe, Grayslake, Hainesville, Hanover Park, Hawthorn Woods, Hebron, Highland Park, Hillside, Hoffman Estates, Homer Glen, Indian Head Park, Island Lake, Johnsburg, La Grange, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Lombard, Long Grove, McCullom Lake, Midlothian, Minooka, Mokena, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Niles, Northfield, Northlake, Oak Brook, Oak Forest, Oak Park, Olympia Fields, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Park Forest, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Polo, Posen, Richton Park, River Forest, Rolling Meadows, Round Lake Beach, Schaumburg, South Barrington, South Chicago Heights, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Thornton, Waukegan, West Chicago, Westchester, Westmont, Wheeling, Winnetka, and Worth.