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USDA Ends Domestic EAB Quarantine Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Dec. 14 that it is changing its approach to fight the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation that has spread through much of the United States.

The agency published a final rule in the Dec. 15 Federal Register that removes the federal domestic EAB quarantine regulations that have proved ineffective and will redirect resources to more promising methods. The new rule took effect Jan. 14. Documents may be viewed online.

APHIS said it has been transparent about the challenges associated with controlling the emerald ash borer and that the domestic quarantine has not proven effective in stopping its spread. The agency has worked to identify more effective and less intrusive methods and will now direct available resources toward non-regulatory options for management and containment of the pest, such as rearing and releasing biological control agents. APHIS said results have already proved effective and the actions announced today will allow the agency to increase their use.

Removing the quarantine regulations ends APHIS’ domestic regulatory activities, which includes actions such as issuing permits, certificates and compliance agreements, making site visits, and conducting investigations of suspected violations.

APHIS said it is working with the National Plant Board on effective strategies to manage firewood movement, which is one of the ways the emerald ash borer spreads.

Since first being detected in the Detroit area in 2002, the emerald ash borer has spread through 35 states and killed tens of millions of ash trees.

Illinois is among states that eliminated its internal quarantine regulations. Illinois discontinued its quarantine mandate in fall of 2015.

Meanwhile, officials of Minnesota and North Dakota, each said they would continue to enforce state emerald ash borer regulations. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said this includes monitoring for EAB in un-infested areas, quarantining newly infested counties and regulating movement of wood products around the state. In addition, the department said it would take on some of the work previously carried out by the USDA by limiting the movement of ash and firewood from other states into Minnesota.

Illinois to Drop Internal EAB Quarantine

EABSPRINGFIELD, IL – The state of Illinois will no longer restrict the movement of any cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state. Illinois joins Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky in the deregulation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

The 2015 survey of traps detected EAB in 10 new counties in Illinois: Madison, Mercer, Jackson, Saline, Hamilton, Wayne, Clay, Jefferson, Washington and Bond. The addition of 10 new counties has brought the total count of confirmed counties to 60.

“The survey results this year support deregulation with nearly 60 percent of our counties confirmed positive for EAB,” said Plant and Pesticide Specialist Supervisor Scott Schirmer. “Over the past decade, the regulations and quarantines have served their purpose to slow the rate of spread and afford people time to manage for this pest. However, there comes a time when the pest is too widespread to continue to regulate, and this is our time.”

Previously EAB presence was confirmed in 50 counties, but 61 of Illinois’ 102 counties were under a state quarantine, which was intended to prevent artificial or human assisted spread of the beetle.

“Even though the state of Illinois is lifting its in-state EAB quarantine, I urge all Illinoisans to remain vigilant against the man-assisted spread of not only this pest, but all invasive species,” said Acting Agriculture Director Warren Goetsch. “Illinois will remain part of a federal quarantine, meaning firewood or other ash related products cannot travel into a state that currently has regulations.  I urge people to consider the potential impacts of their actions, in general, before they move items like firewood. We’ve witnessed the impacts EAB has had on our trees and budgets, and we want to prevent introduction and spread of other current and future invasive species.”

Since the first detection of the pest near Detroit, Michigan, in 2002, the beetle has killed more than 250 million ash trees. The borer, known for its distinctive, metallic green wing color, is native to Asia. Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.  The tiny beetle often is difficult to detect, especially in newly-infested trees. Signs of infestation include thinning and yellowing of leaves, D-shaped holes in the bark of the trunk or branches and basal shoots. Each year  Illinois Department of Agriculture officials submit samples from various purple EAB traps throughout the state and send them to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to confirm the presence of EAB.

Anyone who suspects an ash tree has been infested should contact their county Extension office, their village forester or the Illinois Department of Agriculture at (815) 787-5476.

For further information about the beetle, visit

Cheyenne, WY, Braces For EAB’s Arrival

The emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to migrate across the United States, leaving millions of dead ash trees in its wake.

While the deadly beetle yet to be detected in Cheyenne, WY, the city is taking a proactive approach to bracing for its arrival, noting that is has been sited in Longmont, CO, as well as Nebraska and South Dakota. The Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division (CUFD) created an EAB plan in August 2019 and has begun implementing several of its initiatives, including removing and replacing ash in poor health and providing outreach to the public.

Using Tree Plotter, an online tree inventory system, the CUFD estimates that about 750 ash trees are on city-owned property and that there are about 5,700 ash trees on private property. Cottonwood – 1,800 on city-owned land and 15,883 on private property – is the city’s dominant tree species.

Measures of the CUFD’s EAB plan include:

  • Educating CUFD staff including taking workshops and hands-on training in cities affected by EAB outbreaks such as Boulder, CO, and Longmont. Training included sampling ash trees for the presence of EAB as tree removals or maintenance based on government agency and research programs.
  • Conducting inspections and collecting samples of any symptomatic trees reported by citizens or other entities.
  • Educating local, licensed arborists to be trained in proper sampling techniques and encourage them to inspect all ash trees as they do tree removals or maintenance. Ask that they report any suspicious tree samples they encounter to CUFD.
  • Maintaining EAB traps on city properties.
  • Removing and replacing ash trees in fair or worse condition.
  • Evaluating ash trees in good condition other pest infestations and treating them as necessary.
  • Educating the public to be proactive in managing their ash trees tol lessen the negative impacts of EAB once it arrives.
  • Enacting quarantines as deemed necessary to prevent the spread of EAB and associated regulated items beyond the area currently affected.
  • Establishing a marshalling yard to store and process ash wood separate from other tree species in a rapid manner to comply with quarantine regulations.
  • Implementing an urban wood utilization program.

Download the CUFD EAB Plan.


EAB’s Path of Destruction Continues to Widen

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By Rich Christianson

The Emerald ash borer (EAB), the shiny green beetle with an insatiable appetite for ash trees that jump-started the urban wood movement, continues its deadly march across North America.

According to the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network, a website maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, EAB is now found in 35 states and five Canadian provinces. When we last checked in March 2018 – see map below – EAB had been detected in 31 states and two provinces.

Added to the list of state’s with EAB detections within the last 18 months are Maine, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. The provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are also new to the map that is periodically updated by the Forest Service.

Florida and Mississippi are the only states east of the Mississippi that have yet to have any reports of EAB infestations. However, Florida, along with Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming have state EAB information available, according to the EAB Information Network.

According to the EAB Information Network, EAB “was originally discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia.”

The network also notes that EAB is blamed for killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in U.S., private and urban forests. The USDA has attempted to enforce quarantines of infested areas to halt or at the very least slow the spread of EAB.

The Associated Press published an article on Oct. 7 noting that removal of trees felled by the EAB will cost Nebraskans more than $1 billion over the next few decades. “(B)ut local governments probably won’t be able to afford the cost and it’s not clear how much help they’ll get from the state.”

Missouri is another state grappling with EAB infestation. According to a Nov. 6 report in the Springfield News-Leader, the exotic beetle has been found in 16 new counties, bringing the total to 75 counties throughout the state. The article notes that the city of Springfield budgeted $75,000 for its EAB response. That money was used for insecticides to protect some ash trees and to remove others either in poor condition or poor location.


NYC Declares Victory Over Long-horned Beetle

Forestry officials are celebrating the eradication of the tree-killing longhorned beetle in the urban forests of Brooklyn and Queens, its last bastions in New York City.

According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle the elimination of the long-horned beetle ends a more than 10-year battle by city, state and federal agencies, plus non-governmental groups and private landowners.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture calculated that the pesky beetle killed more than 24,000 New York trees since its arrival in Brooklyn 23 years ago. Nationwide, the tree is estimated to have been responsible for 180,000 tree deaths.

Strategies employed to eradicate the long-horned beetle included quarantines of trees and firewood, removal of 5,208 infested trees and treatment of more than 67,000 at-risk trees, the paper noted.

In announcing the beetle’s defeat, officials removed the six-year-old quarantine of Brooklyn’s urban forest.

Read the Daily Eagle’s full report.






Vermont Braces for Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

Considering the emerald ash borer already has been inflicting damage in 31 states and two Canadian provinces, it comes as more than a bit of a surprise that Vermont has so far been spared.

But that’s about to change.

According to VPR News, the state confirmed its first sighting of the EAB in February in the town of Orange. The anticipated arrival of the EAB has state forest officials drawing up a battle plan to at the very least slow the EAB’s spread.

“What we won’t be able to do is eradicate this insect,” says State Forester Barbara Schultz in the VPR News report. “That hasn’t work with emerald ash borer. We won’t be cutting all the trees down. That just has not been effective. It’s a case of slowing the spread. That’s our biggest priority.”

In the video below, WPTZ NewsChannel5 interviews state officials and woodworkers who express their concern about the EABs potential to devastate the state’s tree population. Ash makes up about 5% of Vermont’s forests.

Illinois fought and lost the war against EAB. In 2015, Illinois joined Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri in ending a quarantine that restricted the movement of cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state.

Since its arrival in the Detroit area in 2002, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees, only a tiny fraction of which have been salvaged as lumber.




31 States Infested by EAB

The emerald ash borer’s wide path of destruction is captured in the latest North American map of areas under quarantine.

Firewood and nursery stock are restricted from leaving the quarantine zone which now includes all or parts of 31 states, Washington, DC, and Ontario and Quebec.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), since its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002, emerald ash borer infestations have been detected in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Beginning in 2007, APHIS initiated a search for potential biological control agents in China. Most recently, in 2015, the stingless wasp, Spathius galinae, was released. Efforts are ongoing to find and evaluate additional biological control agents.

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Click here to read more about APHIS’s war on the emerald ash borer.

Rescued Wood: Habitat for Humanity Wisconsin’s Unique Answer to the EAB Problem

Did you know that Wisconsin’s dead urban trees could produce over 73 million board feet of lumber each year? Unfortunately, most trees removed from our cities and towns are usually fated for the chipper.

The Rescued Wood Program of Habitat for Humanity Wisconsin hopes to change that protocol by saving and recycling the best logs and creating a wide variety of remarkable resources and products. In partnership with the City of West Bend, WI, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, and Dodge Counties receives the city’s trees contaminated by the emerald ash borer or other pests. The city graciously delivers the logs to Habitat’s sawmill. In January 2015, Habitat for Humanity Washington and Dodge Counties of Wisconsin received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to begin operating a sawmill in Kewaskum. Since then more than 20,000 board feet of milled lumber has been processed with the help of more than 100 volunteers.

The direct connection of the project to the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity was formed by conscientious stewards of both the land and those who live on it. The need to reduce, recycle and repurpose has long been one of the many goals of the organization. Habitat for Humanity’s overall mission is to build simple, quality, affordable homes in partnership with the community and those in need. The connection between taking the doomed ash trees and creating the end product of trim for the homes built follows this mission on many levels.

State and local government agencies as well as multitudes of community organizations have embraced the Rescued Wood Program as an affordable, creative and purposeful project. Evidence of this can be seen in the 2016 build sites for Washington and Dodge Counties. Rescued wood has been milled, crafted and installed by countless volunteers into beautiful mission style trim for the windows, doors and baseboards for the West Bend, Wisconsin Habitat build. Approximately 1,200 board feet of Rescued Wood has been used for this project. There are plans for trim to be created for the Habitat build site in Juneau, WI, as well. Other Wisconsin Habitat affiliates are exploring options to create cabinetry with the wood.

Furthermore, purchase of the Rescued Wood milled lumber and the many other products and by-products of the program through Habitat for Humanity ReStores does more than provide a customer with beautiful, high-quality wood. It makes smart use of local resources. By supporting this program, the Washington and Dodge County ReStores are creating new markets, audiences, positive public relations and opportunities for the Rescued Wood Program. The added benefits include funding builds with increased ReStore sales.

Rescued Wood is currently available in five Habitat for Humanity ReStores located in West Bend, Germantown, Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. These items bring in new audiences and markets. From the casual crafters and the serious artisans to local taxidermists and fine furniture makers, all have found the high-quality, low-priced wood to be an exciting addition to the ReStore product mix.

Many ReStores are beginning to target market the Do-it-Yourself crowd by creating an upcycled and Rescued Wood corner display.

Taking a piece of furniture with a surface that has seen a better day and exchanging it for a fresh new look gives the furniture not only more bang for the buck, but a repurposing that is in fashion right now and supported by many different individuals. From die-hard recyclers to purveyors of fine craftsmanship, buyers come in many forms, yet all see the beauty in the “cradle to cradle” concept of the wood.

The majority of the wood milled is ash, although there are other species that include red oak, honey locust and elm. Currently the mill offers 4/4 (1”) ash boards in varying widths and lengths as well as 8/4 (2”) live edge kiln dried slabs. Buying directly from the mill, a Restore is charged a $1.00 per board foot for the 4/4 and $1.95 per board foot for the 8/4 live edge as a shipping fee. Exact amounts are calculated at the mill upon pick up. However, the estimate is for approximately $1,000 per kiln load for the 4/4. All lumber is kiln dried in strict accordance with the DNR’s regulations.

Other products include firewood which is sold at approximately $60 per cord/pallet; live edge “flitches“ used for signage, crafts, art and taxidermy are sold at $0.50 per board foot. Bags of sawdust (approximately 50 pounds each) are sold at $5 a bag and used for mixing with latex paint to recycle. The live edge materials and firewood are sold only within the State’s EAB Quarantine area.

Yet another aspect of this Rescued Wood project involves training and educational opportunities. The mill runs throughout the year and accommodates many groups in search of new skills and volunteer opportunities.

The Rescued Wood Program hopes to go state wide in the future with the establishment of other Habitat for Humanity led operations or partnerships with local mills and kiln operations.

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Even when you can’t save your tree, you can save its wood!

Tree in need of removal. Photo: Michele Beaulieux

Why      What      Who      How

Why use the wood from your tree?

You and the environment can benefit when you put the wood from your tree to use in or around your property. Using wood from your tree will:

Tree marked for removal. Photo: Philip Haywood

Recycle Valuable Resources: If you don’t do something with the wood from your tree, it will most likely be chipped into mulch or made into firewood. With the large number of trees dying due to such pests as the Emerald Ash Borer, municipalities and tree care companies will soon saturate their outlets for logs and tree debris. By keeping and using the wood from your tree, you can assure it is put to the best possible use.

  • Prevent the Release of Carbon into the Atmosphere: High-value uses for your tree, such as lumber and flooring, will store carbon for a long time. Preventing carbon from releasing into the atmosphere helps slow global climate change.
  • Capture Memories: Craftspeople can create wonderful tributes to beloved trees. Whatever you make from your tree will capture memories and you will have a story to tell of the origin of your wood product. Many people, devastated by the death of a beloved landscape tree, have created furniture and art that have become treasured family heirlooms.
  • Provide Teachable Moments: Recovering the wood from your tree can provide an opportunity to educate your children, grandchildren, neighbors and yourself about responsible stewardship of our natural resources.
  • Support Your Local Economy: Using the wood from your tree will require the expertise of local arborists, sawmills, woodworkers and other businesses. Your dollars stay local, supporting the innovative and artisan businesses in your community.
  • Maybe Save Money: In rare circumstances, you may be able to negotiate discounted removal costs if you keep the wood from your tree. Tree care companies estimate removals based on crew time, travel distance, equipment requirements and disposal options. If leaving logs, firewood or chips with you saves them time and avoids disposal costs, they may provide a discount. Companies that charge for disposing of your tree may waive that recycling fee. On the other hand, if extracting a log complicates a removal, it may cost you more.
It’s Not a Moneymaking Proposition: It’s highly unlikely that you will make money salvaging the wood from your trees. Very few trees in urban and suburban settings have a wood value greater than the cost of removing, transporting and processing them. Even cherry, walnut and other trees with high value woods will seldom provide property owners with financial compensation. Why is wood harvested from landscape trees generally more expensive than wood from forests? In woodlands, trees can be harvested in volume; the economies of scale provide efficiencies, bringing down the cost. In contrast, in urban forests, removal costs are more expensive. Equipment and crews may take down only one tree at a time. Power lines, buildings and other obstructions can also complicate removals. Bottom line: It is highly unlikely that you will get paid for your tree or even get it removed at no cost.


What can you make…

Deco Chair by Dolly Spragins. Photo: Michele Beaulieux

The wood from your tree may be useful both inside and outside. You can use your trees for many things, including:

Whole Logs: You may want to use logs in your landscaping. Chainsaw carvers can also create art or furniture from the trunk or stump of your tree. Some people use whole logs in building construction.

Chips, Mulch or Compost: When your tree care company comes to take down your tree, it will probably bring a chipper. You can ask the company to leave chips, but note that chips are not the same as commercial mulch. Chips are good for wooded and less manicured areas. They can also be used under playground equipment. Chips vary in size, whereas mulch is processed to be more consistent. Most tree care companies make mulch out of chips, and you may be able to negotiate a load of mulch, or even compost, as part of your tree removal project. By conserving water and soil, mulch helps trees live longer and and preserves landscapes. Mulch also reduces weeds and lawn mower emissions.

Smoke Wood:  Hickory, oak, pecan, maple and many fruit trees, such as ornamental pear and crab apple, make good smoke wood for grilling. A chunk of wood on coals can add a great flavor twist. Unlike firewood, smoke wood can be used green and can come from portions of the tree that won’t produce logs.

Firewood: You can ask your tree care company to cut logs into fireplace lengths and leave them for your use. You may want to specify only smaller diameter logs that don’t need to be split. Otherwise, you’ll need to figure out how to split them yourself. Logs need to dry out before they can be used for firewood. It usually takes about a year before logs will make a good fire. IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid spreading diseases and invasive species, do not move firewood. Always cut and use firewood locally.

Lumber and Landscape Timbers: For the logs from your tree to be milled into lumber, the trees usually need to be felled as whole logs. Ask your tree care company if it has the training and necessary equipment to remove saw logs. Harvesting log lengths may require specialized equipment, such as cranes.The lumber can be used as landscape timbers or indoor furniture, flooring and other wood products. For landscape timbers, the green, unfinished material can often be used immediately after being sawn. For furniture, flooring and other fine milled products, the lumber from your trees may need to be air or kiln dried and require additional specialized processing. Air-drying can take months so factor the drying time into your project schedule.

. . . from the wood from your tree?

Some trees are better suited for particular uses than others. Consider the following factors when deciding how to use your tree:


Felled Ash tree. photo: Philip Haywood

Tree Parts: Your tree has many parts including the trunk, stump, roots, bark, branches, twigs and leaves. You may choose to use different parts of your tree for different things or you may choose to use only part of your tree and have the rest of it hauled away.  

Species: The species of your tree will impact what it can be used for. Your tree care company can identify the species. You can also consult the online guide from the Arbor Day Foundation guide: What Tree Is That? Consult with woodworkers to determine whether the species of your tree can be used for the purpose you have in mind. Ash, for example, is comparable to oak. It can be made into many beautiful and durable products, including furniture, cabinets, flooring, paneling and mouldings. Because of its high bending strength and shock resistance, ash is used in baseball bats, tennis rackets, tool handles and oars. Ash is also ideal for food bowls and spoons because it imparts little odor or taste. Since ash wood has no resistance to decay, it is not good for outdoor applications where it may become wet. For more detailed information on the uses for ash and other infested species, consult the USDA Forest Service publication: Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species. For information on best uses for other species, consult Characteristics and Availability of Commercially Important Woods from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory.

Saw Log Potential: If your tree is at least 12 inches in diameter and its trunk is at least 6 feet tall and clear of branches, cracks, rot and other defects, it may contain a saw log worth milling into lumber. Commercial wood products companies traditionally value the clear-grained wood of trees grown in forests and woodlots, where the fight for sunlight makes them straight and tall. Landscape trees, however, often grow in areas that are more open so they branch out lower, resulting in the creation of unusual knots and defects. Some artisans prefer these exceptional character marks and specifically seek out this wood for its unique qualities.

Location and Logistics:  Logistics may impact your tree’s reuse potential. If your tree is too close to buildings or power lines, the removal of whole logs may be difficult. In addition, you may need room to store the logs until they are processed or used.

Tree Health:  A tree that has been dead for less than one year can be harvested for lumber. If your tree has been dead for longer than that, firewood and chips remain the most viable options. If your tree is coming down because it is diseased or infested, the options for its reuse may be limited. Your tree care company should be able to consult with you about any transportation and reuse restrictions.

Using Wood from Emerald Ash Borer Infested Trees: The Emerald Ash Borer feeds only on the inner bark of affected trees. It does not damage a tree’s wood. To slow infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer, the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Agriculture have established quarantines that regulate the movement of ash trees and products in areas where the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered. Before moving any ash trees, wood or products from your property to other locations, please review quarantine restrictions at the Illinois Department of Agriculture EAB website.


Who can help?

There are many steps between a standing tree and a finished product. Generally, the more valuable the use, the more steps that will be involved. If you would like to see your landscape tree transformed into furniture or woodwork, you may need to find the specialists and make the connections in the processing stages yourself.

Accredited Tree Care Companies and Certified Arborists:  Make sure to hire tree care professionals with relevant expertise and training. You can find accredited tree care companies and certified arborists through the Tree Care Industry Association and the Illinois Arborist Association respectively. Accredited tree care companies employ certified arborists who are trained in the proper care of living trees and the proper removal of dead and dying trees, but they aren’t necessarily experts in harvesting the wood from trees that need to be removed. They will probably be able to advise you on using your tree for firewood, chips, or mulch, but if you want to use your tree for higher uses, you may also need to consult and hire wood industry experts.

Wood Industry Experts:  To use your tree for lumber, consult a forester, sawyer or woodworker to determine the viable and appropriate uses for the wood from your tree. Your tree care company may be able to refer you to local area sawyers, woodworkers and wood product manufacturers, such as cabinet shops and flooring makers, that might be able to produce products with your tree’s wood.

Sawyers:  Once trees are felled, the next step is for sawyers to mill them into lumber. Landscape trees are usually milled with small, band sawmills, rather than by large, industrial mills. Download the directory of Illinois sawyers who process landscape trees on the sawyer page of the Illinois EAB Wood Utilization Team website. Some of the sawyers on this list also do woodworking.

Woodworkers:  Woodworkers and wood products companies create furniture, cabinets, flooring and other products. To find furniture makers or woodworkers who can make wood products from your tree’s lumber, visit the woodworker page of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team website. top

How can you make your tree into usable lumber?

For best results, begin your planning with what you want to make and then work back through the process to removing your tree.

Illinois sawyer, Ron Myers, mills a log into lumber. Photo: Michele Beaulieux

Decide What You Want to Make:  Consult first with your woodworking partner before your tree is removed and sawn into lumber. What you decide to make out of the lumber from your tree will impact how it is cut down and how it is milled. A qualified woodworker will determine the  specifications required to produce the product that you want.

Figure Out How the Lumber Will Be Sawn:  Next, figure out how your tree will be sawn into lumber. Some local sawmill operators can bring a portable sawmill directly to your property so that your trees can be converted into lumber onsite. Portable sawmill operations may charge by the hour or by the total board feet of lumber produced. If you have a number of trees, this option may make sense. Usually, sawyers mill logs at their locations. So, either your tree care company will need to bring the logs to the sawyer or the sawyer will need to pick them up from your property or your tree care company’s storage location. Coordinate with your tree care company and sawyer to figure out how this exchange will happen in advance of the removal.

Get the Removal Specifications in Writing:  Finally, work with your tree care professional to specify in your tree removal contract how your tree will be taken down so that it can be processed for your intended use. Make sure the contract specifies log dimension, storage requirements and transportation logistics. Don’t forget to discuss your expectations for the cleanup and removal of any debris that you do not to intend to use. For more information, contact: visit or email

This information is provided by Illinois Wood Utilization Team, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Illinois Arborist Association and the Tree Care Industry Association. It was written and designed by Work In Motion and funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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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 –
Petition for National Urban Wood Day, Chicagoans ‘Import’ Urban Wood Table from KC; Event to Feature Coast-to-Coast Urban Wood

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; 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