Monthly archives: October, 2016

TigerStop Embraces the Urban Wood Message

tigerstop-logoTigerStop LLC of Vancouver, WA, a leading manufacturer of precision stop/gauge and pusher system technology, recently did its part to communicate the potential benefits of using urban wood by posting and sending a blog to its customers, “Urban Wood Movement Takes Root.”

Authored by Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, the blog begins, “A tree that can bear lumber is a terrible thing to waste. Yet, according to a USDA Forest Service study, every year an estimated 3.8 billion board feet of lumber that could potentially be milled from urban trees is instead cut into firewood, mulched, chipped or deposited into a landfill.

“It’s this sad realization that so much good wood is going to waste that has drawn a growing number of land managers, tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and even architects to the urban wood movement. These forward-thinking professionals are forming partnerships and forging local networks to put urban trees felled by insect infestation, storm damage, urban development and mortality to their best possible use, including lumber, furniture and other wood products whenever possible.”

The blog includes five examples of urban wood users in five different states and concludes with a link to the newly released Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide.

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Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention

The Illinois Arborist Association’s 34th Annual Conference & Trade Show is one for the books.

The successful event, which brings together hundreds of arborists, tree care professionals and industry suppliers, took place Oct. 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team was among the three dozen exhibitors of the event trade show. IL WUT representatives displayed samples of urban wood lumber, passed out copies of the new Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide and signed up attendees to the monthly Illinois Urban Wood newsletter. IL WUT representatives also took full advantage of networking opportunities to discuss urban wood use with current practitioners and those considering joining the movement.

The well-attended conference sessions provided IAA members with opportunities to earn CEUs. Educational tracks included Commercial, Municipal, Demonstration Tree, Oak Forest Restoration Along the Rural Urban Interface, Spanish and Utility.

Learn more about the Illinois Arborist Association.

On Demand Webcast Highlights Urban Wood Activities in Six States

werc-iwf-2016-urban-wood-webcastThe Wood Education Resource Center’s (WERC) October 11 Urban Wood Utilization Webcast is available on demand.

The biannual program features presentations by urban wood representatives of urban wood networks in Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition to providing an update of urban wood activities in Illinois, Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, presented highlights of the successful urban wood seminar held at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

Eric Muecke of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, provided an overview of the newly launched Southeast Urban Wood Exchange.

Click here to access the WERC webcast.

Baltimore Wood Project Tackles Two Urban Waste Streams

baltimore-wood-projectThe Baltimore Wood Project aims to transform wood from both felled urban trees and reclaimed from old buildings – including 4,000 row houses slated for demolition – to resell locally for building, furniture, energy and other uses.

This statement from the project’s web site serves as a mission statement: “Wood is an abundant, renewable resource — we should use it more. The Baltimore Wood Project brings new partners and ideas together to be smarter and more thoughtful about urban wood ‘waste’ in the city. Rethinking Baltimore’s wood waste streams can save money, create jobs, provide green materials and beautifully reclaimed products, and help the city achieve its vision of a sustainable future.”

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Woodworker’s Fallen Farm Trees Star in ‘Made in Illinois’ Video


Custom woodworker David Stine of Dow, IL, is featured in the inaugural “Made in Illinois,” a series of videos produced by the Illinois Office of Tourism that features people and placed that create, craft and invent in Illinois.

Stine specializes in using “dead” trees from his family’s southern Illinois farm to mill into lumber and made into furniture using handcrafted traditional methods of joinery and construction.

Stine’s client list includes actor Michael J. Fox, broadcast journalist Forrest Sawyer and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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