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Urban Wood Italian Style

By Franco Paolinelli
Silvicultura Agrocultura Paesaggio, Rome, Italy

Editor’s note: I have had the pleasure of corresponding with Franco Paolinelli since January of 2019. He initiated the conversation after finding Illinois Urban Wood in a web search. Over the last couple of years, we have shared several emails detailing our mutual interest in urban wood utilization. What follows is a paper Franco sent me about his urban forestry association’s urban wood activities in Rome. –– Rich Christianson

Logs from trees removed for an outdoor theatre were converted into benches.

OUR ORGANIZATION
Silvicultura Agrocultura Paesaggio (S.A.P.) is a small, non-profit, network of experts and firms, established in 1993 to improve urban green area management and related social and cultural services.  

The association operates mainly in Rome, a metropolitan area with lots of public and private green areas, then with huge amounts of trees to be pruned and renewed, then huge amounts of wood to be disposed.

Within this frame, in 2004 SAP launched the following project:

 URBAN TREES’ TIMBER: AN UNKNOWN RESOURCE

1) Assumptions

Wood is made by carbon polymers, produced by the plants with water and CO2, with the support of solar energy, through the photosynthesis process. The process releases oxygen in the atmosphere.

More trees equals more wood, which means more CO2 is taken away from the atmosphere and more oxygen us added, as recognized also by the Kyoto Protocol. 

Urban trees produce a huge amount of urban wood: Public and private trees, shrubs, hedges in private and public gardens provide security and support public health. They must be pruned and cyclically renewed. These processes produce urban wood.

Public-owned trees in the City of Rome Italy are estimated to be around 330,000. All trees of the city may be more then 1,000,000. An annual renewal of 1% means producing 10,000 logs that could provide at least 20.000 cubic meters of lumber.

What happens now: Generally speaking, wood companies do not appreciate urban lumber. Their manufacturing needs normally require a steady stream of very homogeneous logs that urban forests cannot provide.

As a result, most unwanted urban wood goes mainly in landfills.

In some cases, the trees are chipped then composted or sold to be used for for energy production. But most of it, particularly large logs and big branches, are just left to decay. This process may wind up converting carbon polymers into a greenhouse gas, maybe CO2 or even worse methane.

 2) TRENDS 

Urban timber quality is increasing: Modern arboriculture and greater attention to urban green resources are producing better quality urban trees. Then, at the end of their useful life cycle, better logs can be realized.

This trend also implies that there is a reduction of iron in trees in terms of nails, screws, etc. As the quantity of iron pieces embedded in urban wood decreases, damage to sawmills and sawblades will likely decrease.

Cities may express a multifunctional market: Urban areas may express increased demand for creative arts and crafts, including those with intrinsic symbolic values based on where the trees lived. There is also the potential to use more of the wood for didactic, therapeutic and training purposes.

All of possibilities may increase the appreciation for uneven logs and branches with unique shapes.

 3) PROJECT

 What could happen: The biggest challenge is changing people to view removed trees not as a waste but as a  resource.

An arborist trained on the subject will see the “resource” already on the tree, while pruning or cutting it in pieces. Then, even with a simple chainsaw, he may be able to produce a resource, in terms of pieces for crafts, art and furniture.

Beyond that,  now a days, portable mills are readily available. These machines can be used to convert logs and large branches into lumber. These operations may also take place where the tree has been removed.

A dying tree removed from a park, may return a benches, tables or playground equipment for the park itself.

Urban timber could be used to produce outdoor or indoor furniture, as well as art and design works or common use objects. Smaller branches could be made into items utilized for didactic and therapeutic activities.

Thus, just leaves, small branches and sawdust would be left for composting or used for energy.

4) URBAN WOOD UTILIZATION IMPLIES POSITIVE EFFECTS

Cultural and social effects:

  • Involving people in urban timber work may help to deliver important environmental messages. For instance: Wood is a sustainable carbon stock. Its use may help in controlling greenhouse gases.
  • Urban wood manipulation may help us, mainly our youngsters, to limit the drift within the “virtual world.” In fact, wood, the first matter humanity manipulated, will help us to remember that we have hands capable to do lots of things in the real world.
  • Several jobs within this field may be implemented by disadvantaged people, providing an inclusive effect.

 

 Environmental effects:

  • Carbon sink: Wood is the carbon that trees assimilate. Preserving wood, as art works or furniture for example, increases carbon sequestration. Its quantity may be defined. 
  • Sustainable energy production: Leaves and other leftovers may be utilized for this purpose.
  • New plantings: Urban timber markets may generate economic resources and motivations to plant more trees at both the public and private scale.
  • Improved maintenance: The urban timber market may motivate better care for trees. A full circle urban Forestry approach may take place. 
  • The availability of valuable urban timber may decrease the demand for tropical tree use. That may provide some help in saving environmentally relevant forests and in reducing import expenses.

Socio-economic effects: Urban timber production and transformation, within a multifunctional urban market, may develop through small and medium enterprises. These businesses can create jobs, along the whole supply chain from the grounded tree to timber production, design, art, didactic, social therapy and so on.

Why urban timber production may be convenient:

  • As urbanized areas grow, then the number of trees, planted and wild, must grow as well. Their required maintenance ultimately implies the production of urban wood. A great part of that may be converted into valuable urban timber. A multifunctional urban market may give a value even to species under-appreciated by the wood industry. 

  • Urban timber may have certified symbolic values based on the site where it comes from. Timber materials may, then become: “Rome trees’ timber,” “Central Park trees’ timber,” Tivoli Park trees’ timber” etc. In a multifunctional market, a board or an object with a certified origin may have an added value.
      
  • Based on CO2 sequestration a professional certification may be associated with a board or an object. Then, for instance, an owner may buy an urban timber dinner table and state to his hosts, “My dinner table is a 25kg carbon sink.”
  • Urban Forests and their timber may become relevant CO2 sinks that a city may include in its carbon balance in line with the Kyoto treaty.
  • New tools are available to produce timber from urban logs.
  • Timber transformation may be multi functional: production of objects, education, social services, therapy, environment, etc.

5) ACTIONS TAKEN

Since 2004 S.A.P. has taken logs and large branches of trees removed in private and public gardens, for safety and health reasons, to produce simple furniture pieces, as well as materials to conduct workshops with children and socially disadvantaged people.

Most furniture piece produced have been accompanied with a certificate stating their origin and a rough estimation of their carbon content.

In 2006 S.A.P. requested the Vatican administration to take the St. Peter Square Christmas tree at the end of the exposition period. S.A.P. used St. Peter Christmas tree logs and branches in experimental productions and workshops. 

In 2016 S.A.P. proposals on urban timber were joined by “A Roma Insieme”, an association focused on jail population support. A training activity was, then, arranged for inmates in Regina Coeli Institute, in 2017 and 2018.

5) PILOT PROJECT

In 2018 an interesting pilot project took place within the Leopardi elementary school of Rome to use trees removed on its land for an outdoor theatre project.

Steps: S.A.P., in the winter 2018 had some meetings with Mr. Giovanni Figà Talamanca, in charge for “Educational Politics” in the I’ Municipality of Rome, presenting him the project “Urban Timber from the Trees of Rome.”

The Giacomo Leopardi school lays in a large garden, rich in Pinus tress. School and Municipality Administration were already on the way to have 12 Pinus (Pinus pinea and P. halepensis) removed to increase garden safety.

Mr. Talamanca was able to link our project and the Pinus planned removal. The School administrations approved our proposal to convert some logs in outdoor furniture and a contract was signed.

The arboricultural firm in charge of the job was able to cut the trees, preserving several logs. The alumni parents’ association was involved to express proposals. The idea of the outdoor theatre was launched and approved. Project guidelines were defined and approved by the school direction.

S.A.P. experts, with a “Granberg” frame mounted on a Stihl machine saw milled 30 logs producing flattened ones, boards and short sections.

A volunteering parents’ group, named for the occasion “log rollers,” participated in locating the logs in the theatre selected site, in assembling the benches, in smoothing and in painting them.

The Theatre: The following furniture pieces were produced and placed:

  • N. 6 big round logs 2m long;
  • N. 19 flattened logs to be used as benches;
  • N. 8 benches assembled with boards on orthogonal sections 30cm high; and
  • N. 20 orthogonal sections sits.

Results:

 1 – For the school and the administration::

  • Reduced costs to obtain the theatre; and
  • Project administrative process definition.

2 – For the parent volunteers:

  • School garden improvement; and
  • Participation, ability acquisition.

 3 – For S.A.P.:

  • Working days;
  • Project administrative process definition; and
  • Urban Timber idea promotion.

4 – For the Environment:

  • Landfill prevented: 5 tons — 30% of the total biomass produced; and
  • Estimated carbon stock in the logs’ theatre: 2,5 tons.

5- For Local Economies:

  • Investment in local businesses.

6 – Development Programs:

  • Interest expressed by local institutions, mainly in the artistic environment, is increasing.

 



Romans participate in a didactic urban wood event

Rome Urban Wood WorkshopBY RICH CHRISTIANSON

Franco Paolinelli, who has become our de facto Italian correspondent, shared some info and photos from a recent community event at which some 30 kids got to enjoy the tactile sensation of making things with wood. It was the first of three planned community urban wood workshops in Rome.

“Since 2018 our proposal o conduct ‘Laboratori del Legno Degli Alberi di Roma’ i.e. Roman urban wood workshops, is acquiring popularity,” said Paolinelli, a professional arborist. “In Rome. we have a tree pest, Ailanthus altissima, (tree of heaven, an exotic invasive species) growing all over where maintenance lacks. One interesting result is its wood is great for workshops.

“I collect pruning remains in arboricultural jobs, asking arborist firms to cut them in 30-40 cm long, 3-6 cm in diameter segments. I put them in strong bags and carry them to the workshop site.”

Rome Urban wood workshop“This particular workshop took place within ‘Parco dell’ Appia Antica,’ a huge green area, crossing the whole city of Rome that hosts lots of ancient Roman monuments. It was a didactic, recreational, activity conducted with segments of urban wood, mainly pruning remains. The kids had a lot of fun transforming the wood into objects using tools with the assistance of our experts.”

He added that the event was an opportunity to inform people of the value of urban wood in hopes that they recognize the importance of keeping as much of it as possible out of the waste stream and capitalizing on its carbon sequestration. 

“At the end of the three workshops, we put many kilos of urban wood to use and placing the wood objects the kids made into their homes, and saving them and their carbon from landfills.” 

Rome Urban Wood Workshop 

 

  

 

 

 



Most Popular Posts of 2021

A milling project undertaken by the Chicago Park District last winter was the second most viewed post of 2021.

As we prepare for what I hope will be a healthy, prosperous and fingers-crossed, post-pandemic 2022, we take a look at the stories posted on IllinoisUrbanWood that garnered the most eyeballs in 2021.

Thanks to all for you interest in furthering the Urban Wood Movement here in Illinois and beyond. 

Happy New Year!

Rich Christianson
Editor & Publisher

1

Chicago City Council Debates Urban Forestry Advisory Board to Address Declining Tree Population
I
n 2019, the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General released a report highlighting ways in which the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s Bureau of Forestry could improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their tree-trimming program.

2

Slideshow: Chicago Park District’s Wintry Milling Project
The Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources team recently initiated lumber milling at the West Ridge Natural Area.

 

3

House Bill Includes ‘Cooperative Agreements’ for Urban Wood Utilization
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) has introduced the Urban Forest Act of 2021, which includes provisions for incentivizing urban wood utilization.

4

Invitation to Learn About the New IL Chapter of Urban Wood Network
Erika Horigan announces the first meeting of the Urban Wood Network-Illinois Chapter.

5

Urban Wood Italian Style
Franco Paolinelli of Silvicultura Agrocultura Paesaggio, reports on urban wood projects in Rome, Italy. 

6

Watch Black Oak Go from Logs to Table
Video shows the key stages of three huge logs from a felled black oak being repurposed into tables.

7

Video: Restoration Research of the American Chestnut Part 1
Part 1 of this two-part video program focuses on the historical significance of the American chestnut, its dominance in eastern U.S. forests and its quick and fatal decline to chestnut blight disease.

8

How Harrisonburg, VA, Upscales Dead Ash Trees
Harrisonburg, VA, home to 54,000 people and the annual Gr8 Film Festival, is also serious about repurposing its ash trees victimized by the emerald ash borer.

9

American Hardwoods Focus of New Free Guide
A Guide to Sustainable American Hardwoods was recently issued by the American Hardwood Export Council.

10

UK Researchers Search for EAB-Resistant Trees
Researchers at the University of Kentucky hope to use the seed and genetic material from lingering ash trees for breeding programs and research purposes to develop ash trees that confer some resistance to the emerald ash borer.



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FEB 2022 – UWN-IL to Meet at Icon Modern; Why Glen Ellyn Village Forester Joined UWN-IL; Room & Board Launches National Urban Ash Table Line

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OCT 2021 – Chicago’s Urban Forestry Metrics; Sawing Urban Wood with an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill; Traece Software for Managing Urban Lumber Inventories

SEP 2021 – Celebrate OAKtober; CalFire Awards Urban Sawyer Grant; Cheyenne, WY, Braces for EAB’s Arrival

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JUL 2021 – The Making of Taylor’s Urban Wood Guitars; Video: Deadwood Revival Design’s Full-Circle Approach; USDA Awards $15M in Urban Forestry Grants

JUN 2021 – Black Oak Logs Converted into Table; Urban Ashes Partners with NextCycle Michigan; Restoring the American Chestnut Video Part 2

MAY 2021 – Chicago Region Urban Forest Tree Census; House Bill Would Incentivise Urban Wood Use; WI Prof Named Man of the Year for Urban Wood Use Program

APR 2021 – SFI Commits to Urban Forest Sustainability Standard; UWN Announces First State Chapters; Restoring the American Chestnut Video

MAR 2021 – Does Chicago Need an Urban Forest Advisory Board?;  Urban Wood Italian Style; NC Produces Urban Forest PSAs

FEB 2021 – Chicago Park District’s Wintery Milling Project; USDA Ends EAB Quarantine; Wood From The Hood Educates Woodworker’s Guild

JAN 2021 – The Search for EAB-resistant Trees; CBS News Reports on Baltimore Urban Wood Projects; Fact Sheet Touts WI Urban Wood Successes

DEC 2020 – Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series; Urban Tree Merchants’ Scoreboard; Harrisonburg, VA’s Commitment to Urban Wood Use

NOV 2020 – IWF Connect Urban Wood Webinar Now on Demand; Watch Street Artist Make Tree Disappear; Urban Hardwoods Acquires Urban Lumber

OCT 2020 – Company Moves from African Exotics to Georgian Urban Wood; Hurricane Sally-Ravaged Oaks to Become Artworks; National Urban Wood Academy Set for Nov. 20

SEP 2020 – Urban Hardwoods Christens New Showroom; ‘Save Your Ash’ Campaign Comes to My Hood; Registration Opens for Urban Wood Webinar at IWF Connect

AUG 2020 – Chicago Woodworker Inspired by Urban Wood; Cornell to Research Using EAB-Ravaged Wood; UWN Secures Forest Service Grant

JUL 2020 – Chicago Neighborhood Makes a Stand to Save Ash Trees; Sculptures Feature Urban Spalted Maple

JUN 2020 – IWF Cancelled, Urban Wood Seminar to Be Virtual Event; iTree Landscape Video; Penn State Tech Destroys Pests in Wood

MAY 2020 – Taylor Guitar Uses Urban Ash for Tonewood; 600-Year-Old Oak Stars in Documentary; Video: Urban Wood Rescue of Sacramento

APR 2020 – Children in Rome Experience Urban Wood; Sawmill Sid Craft Beer; Webinar Highlights Urban Lumber Business Strategies

MAR 2020 – Urban Wood Market’s Growth Subject of IWF Seminar; Nebraska’s Ash Wood Showcase; Book Celebrates Chicago Tree Project

FEB 2020 – Repurposing Felled Walnut Trees from Grinnell College; EAB Study Compares Minneapolis vs. Vienna 

JAN 2020 – Sculptures Breathe Fresh Life into Dying Trees; Sculptor Adds Urban Wood to Her Palette; Urban Wood Action Guide’ Alabama Sawyer Fills Big Restaurant Order

DEC 2019 – Video: Good Wood Guys Mill Huge Black Cotton Log; Paul Simon Concert Benefits SF Urban Forests; EAB’s Path of Destruction Widens

NOV 2019 – Chicago Woodworker Digs the Vibe of Urban Wood; Webcast Highlights Urban Wood Certification; Chicago to Inventory Urban Forest Canopy

OCT 2019 – Furniture Made from Frank Lloyd Wright Trees; Wudeward Owner Shares Passion for Urban Wood in Podcast; Palomar College’s Urban Wood Sawmill

SEP 2019 – Second Urban Wood Lab Opens; Wood-Mizer Introduces SlabMizer; Wisconsin Urban Wood Webinar Targets A&D Pros

AUG 2019 – Wood From The Hood Opens Showroom; WI Urban Wood Honors Fiserv Center Design Team; Refined Elements of TX Focuses on Urban Wood Use

JUL 2019 – Support OAKtober; Madison, WI, a Progressive Urban Wood City; Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar On Demand

JUN 2019 –
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MAY 2019 – SkillsUSA and WI Urban Wood Unite; Urban Elm Table Made in Seattle, Resides in NYC; Video Cool: WoodSwimmer

APR 2019 – TCIA Personalities in the News, Video: Alabama Sawyer’s Take on Urban Wood; Urban Wood Network on Facebook

MAR 2019 – Urban Sawmilling in Hawaii; (Urban) Lumberwoman’s New Enterprise; Forest Proud

FEB 2019 – How Certification Can Boost Urban Wood Markets; Urban Wood Toolkit; Q&A with Tim O’Neill of Urban Lumber Company

JAN 2019 – Urban Wood Network Sets 2019 Membership Fees; Top Posts of 2018; Chainsaw Sculptures

DEC 2018 – Improving Yield in Out-of-Shape Logs, Hoppe Tree Service’s Full-Circle Approach; Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar

NOV 2018 – What’s That Urban Log Worth?; Dan Cassens on Running an Urban Sawmill Business; Urban Wood Across America

OCT 2018 – Greater West Town Celebrates 25 Years, URban Lumber Certification Update; Urban Wood Recovery Teams

SEP 2018 – Ex-Teacher Expands Urban Wood Business, Wudeward Presents 1st Wisconsin Urban Wood Award; Tom The Sawyer Explores Lumber Pricing 

AUG 2018 – Urban Wood Movement Surges at IWF; Riverside Oak’s Tale Told in Woodshop News; How Urban Wood Mitigates Greenhouse Gases

JUL 2018 – Q&A with Erika Horrigan; How-To-Do Urban Wood Webinar Series; Woodworking Industry Supports Urban Wood Movement

JUN 2018 – Woodworking Industry Supports Urban Wood Movement; Video Introduces West Coast Urban Wood Group; Wood-Mizer Makes Major Acquisition

MAY 2018 – 95 Chicagoland Communities Take Sustainability Pledge; 36M Urban Trees Lost Annually; VT Braces for EAB Invasion

APR 2018 – Encore Urban Wood Seminar Planned for IWF; Sawmilling Urban Trees in Sacramento; How NY Uses Drones to Monitor Urban Canopy

MAR 2018 – 31 States Infested by EAB; VA Urban Wood Group Launches Website; Urban Wood Network Slates Webinar

FEB 2018 – Chicago AWI Members Tour Icon Modern, Milling an Urban Honey Locust Log, Project Aims to Set Unified Certification Standards for Urban Wood

JAN 2018 – Chicago Tree Project Turns Dying Trees into Art; Salvaging Trees in Vancouver’s Urban Forest; Tree Service Magazine Focuses on Utilizing Urban Wood

DEC 2017 – Invitation to Join the Urban Wood Network, Top Urban Wood Stories of 2017, IL Architect Takes the ‘LEED’ in Urban Wood Movement

NOV 2017 – Grand Rapids Tree Awards; Reclaiming Wood from Historic Philadelphia Buildings; Pioneering Urban Wood Use in Austin, TX

OCT 2017 – Tree ‘Cookie’ Award Plaques; Why Schmidt Custom Floors Joined Urban Wood Movement; ISTC’s Wood Biomass Project; Video: Richmond Hill’s EAB Management Strategy

SEP 2017 – Woodworker Denied Use of City Ash Trees Finds Other Sources; Southeast Urban Wood Exchange Gains Momentum; U.S. Urban Forest Inventory Updated

AUG 2017 – Wind-Downed Tree Turned into Trustee Furniture; Wood-Mizer Launches Urban Wood Video Series; How Raleigh, NC, Reuses Park Trees

JUL 2017 – Urban Wood Network Launches Website; Milling a Huge Burr Oak Log; Pacific Coast Lumber Owner’s Urban Wood Elevator Speech

JUN 2017 – Southeast Urban Wood Exchange invites Businesses to Get Listed; Urban Wood Tour Scheduled in Michigan; Wood-Mizer Issues Call for Contest Entries

MAY 2017 – WunderWoods Sawmill from Down Under; Wisconsin Urban Wood Signs on as State DNR Green Tier Charter; Duluth’s EAB Plan Includes Wood Use

APR 2017 – Four Urban Wood Businesses Win Wood-Mizer Awards; Urban Wood Furniture Showcased at Iowa Home Expo; Woody Biomass Intel from U.S. Forest Service

MAR 2017 – Retirement Hobby Turns into an Urban Wood Business; Community Trees Power St. Paul Power Grid; Indiana Tree Service Branches Out into Urban Wood Furniture

FEB 2017 – Video: Be a Smart Ash, Denver!; Horigan Urban Forest Products Relaunches Website; TV News Features Restore’s Rescued Wood  Project; Repurposing Urban Wood Waste as Biomass

JAN 2017 – TCIA Terminates Urban Forest Use ANSI Project; Oak Park Learning Center Goes LEED Platinum; Wisconsin Restore Mills Urban Wood; Top 10 Posts of 2016

DEC 2016 – Book Chronicles Urban ‘Tree to Table’ Movement; Dobnick Timberworks Launches; Cover Treatment for Wisconsin Urban Wood

NOV 2016 – Focus on Urban Wood Businesses: David Stein Custom Woodworking; Urban Lumber of Kansas City, MO; and Urban Hardwoods of Seattle

OCT 2016 – Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention; TigerStop Embraces Urban Wood Message; Webcast Captures Urban Wood Activities in Six States

SEP 2016 – Chicago Woodworker Taps Chicago’s Urban Forest; Let’s Make Urban Wood a Household Name; Cotinummunity Firewood

AUG 2016 – Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide Released; IWF Seminar a Great Success; UrbanWoodExchange.org Launches; Milling Black Walnut for Figure Video

JUL 2016 – IWF Seminar Aims to Demystify Urban Wood Use; Sterling Lumber Wins Two Awards

JUN 2016 – Urban Wood Directory Listings Sought; Chicago Botanic Garden Exhibit

MAY 2016 – Urban Wood Stars in IWF Seminar; Couple ‘Sacrificed Our Lives’ for Urban Wood Business

APR 2016 – Urban Wood Products Showcase Photo Galleries; Urban Wood at Canadian A&D Show

MAR 2016 – Full Circle Conference Wrap Up; Urban Wood Products Showcase Winners

FEB 2016 – Widespread Support for Bringing the Urban Forest Circle Event; ASLA & AIA Offer CEUs

JAN 2016 – Urban Wood Conference Topics Go Full Circle; An Urban Wood Boardwalk

DEC 2015 – Registration Opens for Urban Wood Conference; IL Sawmill Directory Being Updated

NOV 2015 – IL Wood Utilization Team Tours Bernhard Woodwork; Top Reasons to Sponsor Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference

OCT 2015 – IL Drops EAB Quarantine; IL WUT Attends IAA Event

SEP 2015 – Urban Wood Conference Set for March 18, 2016

AUG 2015 – Historic Bell Tolls for Urban Wood; WUT Makes Waves on Chicago Radio

JUL 2015 – Illinois WUT Receives Grant; Color Point Bioenergy Tour

Winter 2011 – Illinois Urban Wood News