IL Sawmill Directory Being Refreshed

Johnson-Creek-HardwoodThe Illinois Small Custom Sawmill Directory is in the process of being updated.

The directory, last published in 2011, features the capabilities and key contact information for 60 sawyers throughout the state, including operations that have stationary sawmills, portable mills, band mills or a combination of the three. The vast majority of the sawyers listed in the directory process logs from the urban forest, including ash trees felled because of emerald ash borer infestation.

The guide also notes value-added services offered by each business, such as kiln drying, planning, turning and millwork. Many of the listed sawyers also manufacture custom furniture and other wood products.

Paul Deizman, CF, of the Forest Utilization/Marketing & State Forests of the Illinois DNR, is heading up the updated. The 2016 edition is scheduled to be completed by the end of January. it will be posted at illinoisurbanwood.org and other state forestry web sites. The guide also will be distributed at the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Sawyers are encouraged to review their 2011 listing and let Deizman know if any changes are in order or if the listing should be repeated as is for the updated edition. In addition, sawyers not included in the 2011 guide are urged to contact Deizman to have their business and services included.

Deizman can be contacted at paul.deizman@illinois.gov or at 217-782-3376.