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:
“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.”
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.