The Urban Wood Toolkit was designed to be used by municipal foresters, city managers, community volunteers, or students who are interested in finding the highest and best use for removed urban and community trees. Using wood from urban and community tree care residues is an effective way to reduce municipal forestry costs and waste, promote stronger linkages with the forest products industry, and produce new economic opportunities.
The Urban Wood Toolkit helps users to prioritize the most important goals and objectives for their community’s wood, recognize the types of information or resources necessary to advance, and identify the types of services that you may need from additional partners. The following toolkit bulletins are currently available:
- Bulletin #1: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans
- Bulletin #2: Building Organizational & Community Support for Urban Wood
- Bulletin #3: Exploring Product Options for Urban Wood Utilization
- Bulletin #4: Establishing an Urban Log Collection and Sorting Yard
- Bulletin #5: Building Relationships with Wood Industry Partners
- Bulletin #6: Recommended Resources for Building an Urban Wood Use Plan
The Urban Wood Toolkit was developed in 2018 by Verdant Stewardship and Spalted Banjo Consulting through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Sustainable Resources Alliance, and the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.