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‘No Wood Wasted’ Theme of NC Urban Forest & Small Woodlot Workshop

No-Wasted-Wood-Supply-ChainThe North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program is organizing a workshop and networking event addressing the growing demand  for locally sourced wood. The event one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center, in Research Triangle Park.

The organizers are encouraging all stakeholders from foresters and arborists through woodworkers and municipal managers to attend. The workshop will address the business case for small woodlot and urban wood utilization; challenges and solutions for diverting wood from landfills into high-quality products; and the branding and marketing potential for local materials and small businesses.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program, through funding from the USDA Forest Service, and in partnership with North Carolina State University and Dovetail Partners.



Urban Wood Exchange Opens for Business

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The Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange just launched urbanwoodexchange.org, a web site intended to encourage the highest and best use of the urban wood resource by connecting urban wood stakeholders operating within Southern Region 8 of the U.S. Forest Service. Stakeholders include land managers, arborists, sawyers, kiln operators and woodworkers.

As part of its mission, the Urban Wood Exchange is focused on helping increase utilization of urban wood on the local level to reduce the amount of urban wood in the waste stream, produce local sustainable lumber for municipal projects, reduce costs associated with removal and disposal of community trees and reduce the urban carbon footprint.

The Urban Wood Exchange is hosted by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, in partnership with the NC Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry Program and funded through the USFS Southern Region.

The Urban Wood Exchange web site features a searchable database that allows visitors to find urban wood providers in their state. Categories include Haulers, Lumber, Milling and Other.

All Region 8 urban wood stakeholders are invited to list their services at the website. There is no charge for doing so.

Region 8 encompasses the following 13 states:

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

“It is important to know what other states are doing to encourage the use of urban wood,” said Eric Muecke, North Carolina Forest Service Urban Forestry Specialist. “The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is making connections locally and regionally. We look forward to seeing the results of these connections. Everyone with an interest in urban wood is welcome to join our newsletter list.”

Join the NC Urban Wood Group Mailing List

The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is a sponsor of the “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Products & Profits from Community Trees,” a seminar set for August 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. IWF, North America’s largest industrial woodworking event, runs Aug. 23-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center.