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The Urban Wood Movement Surges Ahead at IWF

 

IWF Urban Wood Seminar

Rich Christianson, left, moderated the seminar that featured Dwayne Sperber, Jennifer Alger and Joe Lehnen.

Representatives of urban wood utilization groups located in the Southeast, West Coast and Midwest shared their knowledge and passion with professional woodworkers attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The free 90-minute seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is Now! Come Join the Movement,” was held Aug. 24 at IWF, North America’s largest industrial woodworking event. Nearly 80 woodworkers from across North America registered for the program organized by the Urban Wood Network.

Wood-Mizer, a leading manufacturer of portable sawmills and other wood processing equipment, is the lead sponsor of this unique program. Other sponsors include Richelieu Hardware, one of North America’s largest sources of cabinet and furniture hardware, Dynabrade, manufacturer of industrial sanding equipment, and Safety Speed Manufacturing, a U.S. manufacturer of vertical panel saws, widebelt sanders and other woodworking equipment.

IWF URBAN WOOD SEMINAR SPONSORS

Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, moderated the session. Presenters included:

Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products based in Sheridan, CA, and president of Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods, the first West Coast urban wood network.

Joe Lehnen, forest utilization & marketing specialist for the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the new Virginia Urban Wood Group.

Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee and Wisconsin state lead for the Urban Wood Network.

“A lot of great things have happened to push the movement forward since the IWF hosted the first urban wood seminar in 2016,” Christianson said. “First and foremost, larger networks like the Urban Wood Network, Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods and Virginia Urban Wood did not exist. These umbrella groups are bringing local networks and individual companies and stakeholders together to do business, share best practices and raise the awareness of urban wood’s potential.

“Secondly, while Wood-Mizer once again took the lead to demonstrate its fantastic support for the urban wood movement, we were gratified to have the additional backing of major IWF exhibitors like Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing. Their support is further evidence that the urban wood movement is gaining traction among the mainstream woodworking industry.”

Program highlights included:

• 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.
• How to find local sources of urban wood.
• How to join or start a local urban wood network.

In addition to the individual presentations, the seminar was anchored by a robust Q&A session that afforded audience members the opportunity to get immediate responses to their questions and viewpoints from the panel and fellow seminar attendees.

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;
Missouri Department of Conservation
; and
Wisconsin Urban Wood.

About the International 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 industrial woodworking event. IWF 2018 is scheduled for August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must-attend” show for manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, flooring and other secondary wood products. IWF 2016 attracted more than 17,000 woodworking professionals and featured more than 1,100 exhibitors from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.2

IWF 2018 Urban Wood Seminar Presentations

Rich Christianson

Jennifer Alger

Joe Lehnen

Dwayne Sperber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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Learn more about the Urban Wood Network’s How To Do Urban Wood webinar series.



Part One of ‘How-to Do Urban Wood’ Webinar Sells Out

Congratulations if you were fortunate to grab a seat for the July 25 webinar, “Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization.” The first of a four-part webinar series presented by the Urban Wood Network quickly maxed-out its 90-participant capacity during registration leading up to the free 90-minute program.

The good news is that if you missed out on the live presentation, you will be able to watch the full program at your leisure on-demand. The webinar, produced by the U.S. Forest Service, will be archived on urbanwoodnetwork.org. I also will share a link on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s website when it becomes available,

The informative program featured presentations by Matthew Staudenmaier, forestry department supervisor of Eau Claire, WI; Dan Coy, city forester of Grand Rapids, MI; Kevin LaPointe, city forester of Kansas City, KS; and August Hoppe, president of Hoppe Tree Service of West Allis, WI.

Registration is open for part two of the webinar series: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CST Wednesday, August 29. Learn more about the entire How To Do Urban Wood webinar series in this edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured in this issue 

Our colleagues of Wisconsin Urban Wood invite urban wood enthusiasts to attend the Urban Forest Fest scheduled for September 15 in Milwaukee. Read about the fest, including how to become an exhibitor of this event that attracted approximately 500 people in 2016.

Horigan Urban Forest Products of Skokie, IL, has been a pioneer of the urban wood movement in Illinois. In addition to managing a tree care company and sawmill business, Bruce and Erika Horigan operate a showroom and warehouse that is open to the public. Read the Q&A with Erika Horigan discussing the couple’s commitment to keeping good urban wood out of the waste stream.

Learn how to connect with urban wood proactivists around the globe by joining the Urban Wood Network LinkedIn group that now numbers more than 1,750 strong.

Finally, if you by chance are heading to Atlanta next month for the International Woodworking Fair, make sure to attend the Urban Wood Network’s free seminar, “The Urban Wood Revolution Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” set for 1 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The lights are always on for receiving your urban wood stories, photos and experiences to share with the Illinois Urban Wood Update subscriber base.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team


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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.



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



UWN to Present Free Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018

IWF URBAN WOOD SEMINAR SPONSORS

The urban wood movement is ready to charge into Atlanta for an encore performance at the International Woodworking Fair.

The newly formed Urban Wood Network is organizing a free 90-minute seminar, “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement,” 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Wood-Mizer, a leading manufacturer of portable sawmills and other wood processing equipment, is the lead sponsor of this unique program. Other sponsors include Richelieu Hardware, one of North America’s largest sources of cabinet and furniture hardware, Dynabrade, manufacturer of industrial sanding equipment, and Safety Speed Manufacturing, a U.S. manufacturer of vertical panel saws, widebelt sanders and other woodworking equipment.

More than 130 people registered for the first urban wood utilization seminar held during IWF 2016. This year’s session will highlight the national momentum of the urban wood movement by bringing together representatives of newly formed groups in the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast. Each of these expert presenters will highlight how urban wood use is taking root in his or her region.

Attendees of this free session will learn:

• 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.
• How to find local sources of urban wood.
• How to join or start a local urban wood network.
• An opportunity to get answers to your questions from our expert panel.

Each of the presenters will discuss their personal passions and experiences of creating products and profits by using landscape and other urban forest trees felled by disease, storm damage, old age and other causes. Each of the 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.

Confirmed presenters of the IWF urban wood seminar, include:

Jennifer Alger

 

 

Jennifer Alger is CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, a family-owned business that actively works to promote the use of local native species and underutilized logs including reclaimed urban wood. For almost two decades she has been a regional representative for Wood-Mizer portable sawmills. She has presented at several urban log and lumber utilization workshops and seminars focused on marketing, growing and operating a small sawmill business. Most recently Jennifer has formed and is the president of Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods Inc., the West Coast’s first urban lumber trade network.

Joe Lehnen

Joe Lehnen is a Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, coordinating the Urban Wood Program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Joe led the effort to establish the formation of the VA Urban Wood Group in 2017. He attained his BS degree in Forestry/Wildlife Management from Purdue University and has worked for the VA Department of Forestry since 1979. Joe has spent most of his career as an Area Forester for the Shenandoah Valley work area, where he and his family live west of Woodstock near Dunkel’s Grove.

Dwayne Sperber

Dwayne Sperber is owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI. He has worked tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of wood from urban trees. 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 the state. He also is an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council and represents Wisconsin in the Urban Wood Network.

 

Richson Media

Rich Christianson

 

The session will be moderated by Rich Christianson, the former long-time editorial director of Woodworking Network and now owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications company focused on the North American woodworking industry. Through his role as communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, Rich represents Illinois in the Urban Wood Network, which also includes urban wood groups in Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, plus individual companies and entities located east of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Lead sponsor Wood-Mizer LLC of Indianapolis, IN, (IWF booth #6575) is a manufacturer of portable and stationary sawmills, sawblades and other wood processing equipment and accessories.

“With Wood-Mizer wood processing equipment, 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 continue to be a step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

While the IWF Urban Wood Utilization seminar is being presented free of charge, attendees must register to guarantee a seat at the program. Learn more and register.

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

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;
Missouri Department of Conservation; and
Wisconsin Urban Wood.

 

About the International 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 industrial woodworking event. IWF 2018 is scheduled for August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must-attend” show for manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, flooring and other secondary wood products. IWF 2016 attracted more than 17,000 woodworking professionals and featured more than 1,100 exhibitors from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

 



SIGN UP FOR FREE URBAN WOOD NETWORK WEBINAR

The Urban Wood Network (UWN) will present a free informational webinar at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. If you have an interest in help advance the urban wood movement, then sign up now to attend. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the UWN, its mission and its aspirations. In addition, you’ll be able to ask questions and provide much welcomed input.
The Urban Wood Network was launched last summer by representatives of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. Membership is not only open to entities and individuals in those states, but to others east of the Rocky Mountains.

Speaking of webinars, the Wood Education and Resource Center will present its Spring Urban Wood webcast on Tuesday, April 3. Highlights include updates of the Urban Wood Network and work to develop urban wood certification standards.

Read this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update for more details about each of these webcasts and registration information.

Also, this month, read about the Virginia Urban Forest Council’s new urban wood business directory and the latest updates on the spread of the dreaded emerald ash borer throughout North America.
Don’t forget to share your urban wood success stories, photos and experiences.

Enjoy!
Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org


Webinar Registration Open: The Urban Wood Network – Join the Movement

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

The Urban Wood Network invites land owners, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers and all others interested in helping advance the urban wood movement to participate in this free 90-minute webinar.

Learn more about the UWN, its goals and how to become a member. In addition, ask questions or share your input with how the UWN can best serve your needs.

The Urban Wood Network was founded in 2017 by individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin who have been dedicated to building urban wood businesses since the early 2000s.  We united to promote and demonstrate urban wood utilization. We are doing more than just saving trees from a waste stream; we are giving them a second life at their highest use, whether its mulch and firewood or premium end products like furniture and flooring.

We’ve learned from experience that the only way to have an ultimate impact, to truly establish full circle urban forestry management, is to work cooperatively from 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 other businesses and others to join this developing industry.

Plan on to join us for this webinar and learn how you can join the urban wood movement.  Speakers will include Don Peterson, Rich Christianson, Russel Hinnah, Jessica Simons, and Dwayne Sperber.

This webinar is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required.  Register by April 13.  For additional information or questions, contact the Urban Wood Network at info@urbanwoodnetwork.org or 906.875.3720.

Agenda

  1. Introduction
  • Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle – A USDA Forest Service Grant
  • Founding Members
  1. The Urban Wood Network (UWN)
  • Mission
  • Membership
  • How to join
  • How can the UWN serve you?
  1. Future Webinars for:
  • Arborists
  • Municipalities
  • Saw mills
  • Value-added
  • Retailers

About the Presenters
Don Peterson is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Resources Institute and Wisconsin Urban Wood.  Don has led the development of several forest industry related associations and has facilitated large-scale mechanized tree removals in urban settings in Wisconsin.

Rich Christianson is Owner of Richson Media, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the North American woodworking industry and is Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Russell Hinnah is a Community Forestry Program Supervisor and Certified Arborist at the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Jessica Simons is the owner of Verdant Stewardship, a consultancy with expertise in urban wood use and other natural resources management issues. She coordinates the Michigan Urban Wood Network and the national Firewood Scout program on behalf of the Sustainable Resources Alliance and provides ongoing support for Recycle Ann Arbor’s Urbanwood Project.

Dwayne Sperber, Owner of Wudeward Forest Products, is a supplier or urban wood, an industry advocate, a Wisconsin Urban Wood founding partner, and a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.

REGISTER NOW!

 

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Michigan Urban Wood Network Launches Website

The Michigan Urban Wood Network (MUWN) has launched a new website: MiUrbanWoodNetwork.com.

The new website coincides with efforts to create a state-wide network of urban wood stakeholders from arborists and tree care professionals through sawyers and woodworkers. The Michigan Urban Wood Network will build on the foundation of the Urbanwood Project which began in 2005 as part of Recycle Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council’s efforts to encourage more recycling of dead urban trees, especially those killed by the emerald ash borer. Among other things, local member sawmills sell urban wood lumber and slabs through the Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center and Habitat of Humanity ReStores.

The MUWN is supported by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program and is organized by the Sustainable Resources Alliance. Additional assistance comes from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the MUWN is affiliated with the Urban Wood Network, which also includes urban wood utilization organizations in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Membership to the Michigan Urban Wood Network is available to businesses, organizations and individuals interested in finding the highest and best use of Michigan’s urban forest resources. A listing on the group’s website is open to all who agree to the basic membership tenets of the Urban Wood Network.



ARTS INITIATIVE PAYS HOMAGE TO CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT TREES

Artist Janet Austin captures ‘The A”maze”ing Larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer’ in her sculpture at Palmer Square Park.

Through special arrangement with Chicago Sculpture International, more than two dozen dead or dying trees, have been transformed into works of art on Chicago Park District land throughout the city during the last four years.

The 2017 collection of tree sculptures includes the “A”maze”ing Larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer,’ a creative look at the pest and the path it created boring into the tree it ultimately killed.
Check out the story in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update and then visit the Chicago Tree Project website to view all of the creations and the park that each one graces.
Also, this month, watch the third episode of Wood-Mizer’s Urban Sawmilling Series. This video features the owners of Van Urban Timber in Vancouver, BC.

I was happy to receive a call from a writer for Tree Services magazine for information about the urban wood movement. I was delighted to oblige with discussing the Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s mission to putting felled and fallen urban trees to their best and highest valued use. A link to the article is included.

If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to check out the invitation to join the Urban Wood Network. Free membership is being offered until June.
Keep me in mind if you have a story, photo or comment to share about your involvement in the urban wood movement.
Until next time,
Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org