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IllinoisUrbanWood’s Top 10 Countdown

By Rich Christianson

The eyes have it!

The final votes are in and the Top 10 most-viewed posts on IllinoisUrbanWood.org are known.

Activity on the Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team’s website finished 2016 with 7, 349 visitors who clicked through 17,412 pages. Both of these totals are more than double that of 2015.

Here’s a quick reverse-order recap of the most popularly viewed posts last year.

10. Video: Tom The Sawyer Mills Black Walnut for Figure
Tom Hogard, aka Tom The Sawyer, of Eudora, KS, demonstrates how to maximize the figure of logs with “flaws” including sweep or crotches. Read more.

9. Woodworking Enthusiasts Get a Taste of Urban Wood
Woodworkers of all ages get an opportunity to craft products from wood salvaged from Chicago Park District trees. Read more.

8. Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood Display
Jeff Perkis used red oak milled from one of the downed trees to create a display stand for a historic train bell. It will become a permanent exhibit at the West Chicago City Museum. Read more.

7.  Illinois Sawmill Directories Updated
The Forestry Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released a pair of newly updated sawmill directories, one featuring custom sawyers and the other dedicated to stationary sawmilling operations. Read more.

6. Passions Flow at IWF Urban Wood Seminar
Three presenters – representing three very diverse business models – chorused their praise for urban wood during a unique seminar held Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. Read more.

5. Diverse Audience Unites at Urban Wood Event
Arborists, foresters, sawyers, architects, woodworkers and other professionals came together at the Bringing the Urban Wood Full Circle Conference to learn and share ideas for propelling the urban wood market. Read more.

4. Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Entire Lives’ for Urban Wood Business
Rob and Zoe Bocik left the 9-to-5 rat race six years ago to pursue their dream of milling lumber and crafting furniture, jewelry and other products from local trees otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill. Read more.

3. Arborist Pursues His Passion with Urban Wood Start-up
Dobnick Timberworks has joined the Illinois urban wood  movement, opening up a lumber and custom wood products business in Oswego, IL. Read more.

2. Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners Strut Their Stuff
The Urban Wood Products Showcase, featured at the March 2016 Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, shined a bright spotlight on the design creativity of the entries that ranged from tables and wall hangings to a bell stand and soccer ball all crafted from urban wood. Read more.

1. First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide
A new national directory dedicated to helping connect tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and other urban wood enthusiasts was recently released by the Urban Forest Full Circle Network. Read more.



IWF Urban Wood Seminar Report Slated for Oct. 11 Webcast

iwf_22298-26-16Highlights from the urban wood seminar at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) will be presented during an Oct. 11 webcast by the Wood Education and Resource Center.

Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, will lead the discussion about “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Products & Profits from Landscape Trees.” The seminar, organized by the Full Circle Urban Forest Network, was held Aug. 26 at IWF 2016, North America’s largest woodworking event.

The IWF presentation is one of nine updates on the docket for WERC’s Fall Urban Wood Utilization Webcast, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Here’s the full schedule of the webcast.

1:00 p.m. Introduction and Overview
Ed Cesa, U.S. Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center

1:10 p.m. Update on Urban Forest Products Standard
Bob Rouse, Tree Care Industry Association

1:25 p.m. Update on International Woodworking Fair Urban Wood Activities & Illinois Wood Utilization Team Activities
Rich Christianson, Illinois Wood Utilization Team

1:50 p.m. Example of Urban Wood Utilization in Charlotte, NC
Harry Watt, NCSU Wood Products Extension

2:15 p.m. Urban Wood Products Exchange and Urban Wood Usage Video
Eric Muecke, North Carolina State Forestry

2:25 p.m. Northern Virginia Urban Wood Utilization and Marketing Workshop
Joe Lehnen, Virginia Department of Forestry

2:35 p.m. Harrisburg, PA, Urban Wood Utilization Efforts
Ellen Roane, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry

2:45 p.m. Update on Wisconsin’s Urban Wood Utilization Activities
Sabina Dhungana, Wisconsin Division of Forestry

2:55 p.m. Update on MI Urban Wood Utilization
Jessica Simons, Southeast Michigan RC&D Council

3:00 p.m. Final comments and date for next webcast
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Attend the Oct. 11 webcast by following these instructions:

Connect to the Adobe Connect web meeting: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/werc-500/

 

  • Keep “Enter as a Guest” selected
  • Type your name into the “name” box
  • Click “Enter Room”
  • For audio: Dial in by phone: 888-844-9904; access code: 7578516

The webcast will be archived and available on demand at http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/eab.shtm.

 

 

 

 

 

 


First Release: Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide

Illinois Wood Utilization Team

A new national directory dedicated to helping connect tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and other urban wood enthusiasts was recently released by the Urban Forest Full Circle Network. The Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide made its formal debut at the Aug. 26 urban wood utilization seminar held during the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The guide includes 43 known national, regional, state and municipal sources of information. These sources include urban wood utilization networks, sawmill directories and more. Also included are links to seven publications focused on putting community, landscape and other non-commercial forest trees to their best and highest valued use after they are removed. These trees were felled by invasive pests, storms, development and other end-of-life causes.

The guide and the work of the Urban Forest Full Circle Network was made possible through grant funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Urban Forest Full Circle Network includes:

  >>> Illinois Wood Utilization Team;

  >>> Southeast Michigan’s Reclaimed Urban Wood Marketplace;

  >>> Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and

  >>> Wisconsin Urban Wood.

The Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide is a work in progress and is subject to change without notice. This guide will be periodically updated. For listing consideration, contact info@illinoisurbanwood.org.

Access the Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide



Woodshop News Features IWF Urban Wood Seminar

WSN-Urban-Wood-StoryWoodshop News, an industrial woodworking publication, recently featured a full-page story about the upcoming Urban Wood Utilization seminar, Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The article includes photos submitted by Wood-Mizer, a major sponsor of the seminar and  long-time supporter of the urban wood movement.

Read the article in the digital edition of Woodshop News’ August issue.



IWF Seminar Aims to Demystify Urban Wood Use

Three entrepreneurs who operate businesses capitalizing on the largely untapped stream of urban wood will share their passions and diverse point of views for putting felled community trees to their best possible use at a free seminar scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The 90-minute session, “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees,” is being presented by the Full Circle Urban Forest Network, a group made up of urban wood utilization teams in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin funded by a grant from the USDA Forest Service. Wood-Mizer and the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange have signed on as major sponsors of the seminar. Additional sponsorship support is being provided by Dovetail Partners.

The expert panel includes:
Rick Siewert, owner of Wood From The Wood and Siewert Cabinet of Minneapolis, MN, and a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, will discuss how his commercial cabinet shop made its way into the urban wood business.. WFTH has quickly grown to where it now collects, mills and dries more than 100,000 board feet from urban logs.

Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, will discuss the differences and similarities between urban salvaged and reclaimed urban forest lumber. She’ll also provide a brief history of her family’s business, how it got into urban wood, why it’s good for the environment and her goal to see that “urban lumber becomes a household name and a go-to product.”

Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward of Milwaukee, WI, will address his long involvement in the urban wood movement including with Wisconsin Urban Wood. He will explain how Wisconsin Urban Wood has forged a market by creating a network made up of professional arborists, sawyers, architects, municipalities, woodworkers and more.

Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and former long-time editor of Woodworking Network, will moderate the panel.

“Far too many valuable trees felled by insect infestation, storm damage, urban development and other causes are being chipped and landfilled with little or no thought instead of being repurposed as high-value lumber and slabs,” Christianson said. “I strongly encourage IWF attendees and exhibitors to attend this free session to learn more about this incredible wood resource that literally grows on the trees that shade their yards and line their streets.”

Attendees of this session will learn:
• How to find sources of urban wood;
• The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell;
• The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood; and
• An opportunity to get answers to their questions posed seasoned urban wood product experts.

While the seminar is being presented free of charge, attendees must register to guarantee a seat at the program. Learn more and register at www.IWFAtlanta.com/Education/nbs6.

For information about becoming a seminar sponsor and general inquiries, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

About the Seminar Sponsors
Major Sponsor: Wood-Mizer LLC of Indianapolis, IN, is a manufacturer of portable sawmills, sawblades and other wood processing equipment and accessories. Visit Wood-Mizer during IWF 2016 at booth #6773.

Major Sponsor: the Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is preparing to launch a new website to support the creation and promotion of urban wood networks in Region 8 of the U.S. Forest Service which encompasses 13 States from Virginia to Florida and Oklahoma, plus Puerto Rico. Its Exchange’s mission is to help increase awareness of urban forests as a sustainable source of wood suitable for processing, thus increasing demand for urban wood.

Sponsor: Dovetail Partners of Minneapolis, MN, provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. One of its areas of expertise is urban forestry and urban wood utilization.

About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Full Circle Urban Forestry Network
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. The four state partners include:
Illinois Wood Utilization Team;
Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council;
Missouri Department of Conservation; and
Sustainable Resources Institute, Wisconsin Urban Wood and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

About the USDA Forest Service
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network’s IWF urban wood seminar is made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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For information to become a sponsor, contact Rich Christianson, 773-822-6750.

 

 

 

 

 



North American Urban Wood Directory Entries Sought

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

Prof. Dan Cassens conducts a sawmill demo.

By Rich Christianson

The Full Circle Urban Forest Network (FCUFN) is compiling a North American Urban Wood Utilization Resource Guide. The guide will include listings of national, state and municipal web sites that can help connect custom woodworkers with local sawyers who mill logs from landscape and community trees into lumber and slabs.

In addition to being posted online, the directory will be distributed at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), where the FCUFN is organizing a special 90-minute seminar: “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees.” The 90-minute session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Interested parties are invited to submit links to resourceful urban wood websites for consideration inclusion in the guide. These include state small scale and portable sawmills, state and municipal urban wood exchanges, etc.

Here’s a few examples:

Submit website links to Rich Christianson, Communications Director, Illinois Wood Utilization Team at richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com; phone 773-822-6750.



Urban Wood Stars in Free IWF Seminar

IWF2016-Logo-with-dates resizeFor the first time ever, the Urban Wood Movement will make its presence felt at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network, comprised of urban wood utilization groups in four states – Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin – is organizing a free 90-minute seminar, “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees.” The session is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Attendees of this free session will learn::

  • How to find sources of urban wood;
  • The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell;
  • The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood;.
  • An opportunity to get answers to their questions posed to a panel of seasoned urban wood product experts.

Rich Christianson, communications director for the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and former long-time editor of Woodworking Network, will moderate a panel of three urban wood entrepreneurs. They will discuss their personal passions and experiences of creating products and profits by repurposing landscape and community trees felled by disease, storm damage, old age and other causes. Each of their presentations will shed light on opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

Panelists include:

  • Jennifer Alger of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, helps market the family business that specializes in reclaimed wood including lumber the company mills from the area’s urban forest. Ninety percent of the lumber sold by the company comes from within a 500-mile radius of its Sheridan facility. Far West Forest Products also serves as a dealer for Wood-Mizer portable sawmills and blades and offers blade re-sharpening services.
  • Rick Siewert, who along with his wife, Cindy, owns Wood from the Hood of Minneapolis, MN. Wood from the Hood, which gives community trees a second life, is also Siewert’s second wood business. He is the owner of Siewert Cabinet & Fixture, a high-tech, 35-man architectural millwork company and has a long history of serving the Architectural Woodwork Institute, including sitting on the AWI Board of Directors and various committees. Siewert Cabinet is a past winner of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s coveted Innovator of the Year Award. (When you visit Wood from the Hood’s website be sure to check out the video on live edge cribbage boards and flight paddles.)
  • Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI, has always been interested in architecture, wood, and the environment. He was introduced to urban wood more than a decade ago, and with this intersect of his three passions, Sperber immediately became a major advocate for its use. He has worked tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of wood being removed due to insect, disease or other circumstance. Sperber is a founding partner of Wisconsin Urban Wood, a nonprofit focused on building networks of people and businesses that links material streams and availability of quality urban wood products and services across our state. He also is an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.
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Major Sponsor

Wood-Mizer Signs on as First Seminar Sponsor
Wood-Mizer LLC of Indianapolis, IN, a manufacturer of portable sawmills, sawblades and other wood processing equipment and accessories, has signed on as a major sponsor of the program.

Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer,noted that his company was a pioneer in the urban wood movement. “Since 1982, Wood-Mizer portable sawmill owners have turned their logs into lumber for woodworking projects and business profits. 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. 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 2016 will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

Note: While the seminar is being presented free of charge, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Learn more and register at IWAtlanta.com/Education/NBS6.

For information about becoming a seminar sponsor and general inquiries, contact Rich Christianson at richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com; 773-822-6750.

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About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Full Circle Urban Forestry Network
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. The four state partners include:

U.S. Forest ServiceAbout the USDA Forest Service
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network’s IWF urban wood seminar is made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Early-Bird Discount Conference Registration Extended

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Consider this our Leap-Year Amnesty Plan.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team is offering a second and final chance to register at the advance discount registration rates for both the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference and companion Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop.

Register by Monday, February 29 to save $25 on online and $50 on at-the-door registration fees. (See fee schedule table at the bottom of this post.)

Best yet, take advantage of the Daily Double Discount Package  to save an additional $35 to attend both programs..

The Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Conference is limited to 50 attendees. The program, presented by Prof. Daniel Cassens of Purdue University’s Department of Forestry, is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The workshop is being presented in special partnership with the DuPage Country Forest Preserve and the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. The classroom of the workshop will include presentations on lumber grading, milling strategies and drying. The program also will include a portable sawmill demonstration. The $85 registration fee includes lunch and beverage breaks. Click here to view the workshop schedule and to register.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, the conference has the support of Horigan Urban Wood Products, Wisconsin Arborist Association, American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, ElkhartWood, Illinois Arborist Association, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, International Woodworking Fair, Tree Care Industry Association, Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan  and USDA Forest Service.

$125 early-bird registration fee includes:

  • 12 presentations focused on various links of the chain for converting urban trees into lumber and wood products;
  • Portable sawmill demonstration;
  • Urban Wood Products Showcase;
  • Networking reception with tabletop exhibits; and
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Networking Reception Appetizers and a.m. and p.m. refreshment breaks.

Click here to view the conference schedule and sponsors and to register.

 

Register by >>> Early-Bird
Feb. 29
Feb. 21 to
March 16
On-Site
Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop $85.00 $110.00 $135.00
Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference $125.00 $150.00 $175.00
Daily Double (Both Programs) $175.00 $215.00 $260.00


Thank You Urban Wood Conference Supporters!

Horigan Urban Forest Products

Horigan Urban Forest Products, an Ash Sponsor, has reclaimed lumber from thousands of trees that would otherwise likely have been chipped, mulched or split into firewood.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team gratefully acknowledges the far-flung support for the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Sponsors and partners of the conference are demonstrating their commitment to helping further the sustained development of growth of local, state and regional urban wood marketplaces through their participation in the conference.

Ash Level Sponsors
In addition to warehousing more than 50,000 board feet of urban lumber – from ash to black walnut – Horigan Urban Forestry Products of Skokie, IL, offers custom milling and kiln drying services.

The Wisconsin Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, is dedicated to improving the knowledge and quality of the profession of arboriculture. Its members include commercial, municipal, utility and academic arborists.

Sterling Tree Solutions, based in River Forest, IL, specializes in total tree care including tree removal, pruning and trimming. The company has been servicing the Chicagoland area for 75 years. The experienced team at Sterling Tree Solutions offers not only immaculate, careful tree removal services, but also is dedicated to the utmost care and integrity of a tree.

Graf Tree Care of St. Charles, IL, was founded in 1999 by arborist Phil Graf as a two-man tree trimming operation. The company has expanded its client base and grown its business to include Plant Health Care and tree diagnostics, root feeding and disease and pest control. In 2009 the company launched its Natural Resources Management and GIS division to map and monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer. The company now has a staff of 12, including five employees certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

The Chicago Park District was incorporated in 1934 with the consolidation of twenty-two separate and independent park districts that already existed within Chicago. The oldest and (financially) largest parks agency in the United States, the Chicago Park District is now the steward of 8,300+ acres of open space, including more than 585 parks, 26 beaches, 10 harbors, 50 natural areas, and 2 world-class conservatories. The Chicago Park District is one of the nation’s leading providers of green space and recreation. Its long tradition of exquisitely-designed landscapes includes legacy work from such world-renowned figures as Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the Olmsted Brothers, Jens Jensen and Alfred Caldwell. Accordingly, the Park District is very intentional about its urban lumber resources and has active representation on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Conference Partners
The American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, with nearly 500 members, is one of the largest chapters of ASLA. Members attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will receive 6.5 CEUs. In addition, 6.0 CEUs are being offered for the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

ElkhartWood,
is an urban wood utilization program that unites the city of Elkhart, Indiana’s Environmental Center and its Forestry Division. The program identifies trees targeted for removal that can produce logs suitable for furniture, art and other value-added products. The program brings together Elkhart community sawyers, woodworkers and other individuals who could put this wood to good use.

The Illinois Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, aims to “foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.” The IAA is offering 4.0 CEUs for members who attend the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference. Read more.

The Illinois Center for Sustainable Technology’s interest in the urban wood movement is embodied in its mission statement: “to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.”

The International Woodworking Fair is North America’s largest industrial woodworking event. The next edition is set for August 24-27, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus  is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 273 cities, towns and villages. 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.

Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, based in Batavia, IL, is a full-service custom sawmill operation with a dry kiln on premise. Owner Ron Meyers has been a strong ally for the local urban wood movement and has donated services for many great causes including the Out of the Wood Exhibit in West Chicago, student furniture projects at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL. Contact Ron Meyers at 630-308-2955.

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a trade association of more than 2,200 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies whose “mission is to advance tree care businesses.TCIA develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms around the world.

The Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan is dedicated to promoting value-added repurposing of community trees upon their removal. The organization helped establish three retail outlets for urban lumber and goods. Its network of local sawmills turns dead urban trees into products that bring lasting value and exceptional character for consumers.

Primary Conference Sponsor
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s projects are made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Conference Organizer
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team, comprised of stakeholders up and down the supply chain – from public and private sector land managers, arborists and foresters through sawyers, the A&D community  and woodworkers – was established in 2009 in response to the devastation wreaked by the invasive emerald ash borer. IL WUT’s mission to develop and promote local, state and regional market exchanges to encourage the highest-value use of dead and dying ash trees quickly expanded to encompass community trees of all species capable of yielding logs for lumber for use in furniture, cabinets, flooring and other consumer and industrial products. IL WUT’s staunch advocacy of urban wood n wood utilization dovetails not only with “green”  initiatives but with the source local-buy local movement.

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International Woodworking Fair Supports Urban Wood Conference

IWF2014 LogoThe International Woodworking Fair (IWF), North America’s largest woodworking event, is lending its support to the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

IWF has signed on as a partner sponsor of the unique event being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven source local, buy local urban wood economy. The unique conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the distinct local appeal of urban wood products.

“The utilization of urban wood for wood manufacturing is an important new market for the industry,” said Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 Chairman and President of C.R. Onsrud of Troutman, NC. “We support efforts to salvage the highest valued use from urban trees.”

“We thank the organizers of IWF for their cooperation with our program,” said Rich Christianson, conference director for the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. “They understand that there is an opportunity for many public and private community trees that are felled because of insect infestation, storm damage or other reasons to be converted into lumber and ultimately used for making custom furniture, cabinets and other wood products.

“The urban wood movement is not just a Midwest phenomenon,” Christianson added. “The emerald ash borer has killed more than 250 million ash trees in more than 20 states and several Canadian provinces. Its deadly rampage has given cause for federal, state, county and local governments to think beyond simply chipping and mulching ash and other landscape trees in the urban forest. This growing awareness has led to the creation and rapid growth of a cottage industry that encompasses tree care companies, sawyers, woodworkers and even hardwood retailers across the country.”

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will include a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmilling demonstration, tabletop displays and a networking reception. In addition, furniture and other functional and artistic objects crafted by woodworking professionals and students will be displayed in the Urban Wood Products Showcase.

The full-day program will be preceded by a Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop presented by Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University Thursday, March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org.

Questions about the conference should be directed to Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Illinois Wood Utilization Team Founded in 2009, the Illinois Wood Utilization Team is a network of land managers, professionals in the wood products industry, natural resource and green building experts and artisans dedicated to promoting and developing a sustainable market place for achieving the best possible use of trees felled in the urban forest. The Illinois WUT is part of a four-state grant project funded through the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area. Other grant partners include the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council and Recycle Ann Arbor; the Missouri Department of Conservation; and the Sustainable Resources Institute Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.