Editor’s Note: Welcome to the second edition of the Illinois Urban Wood Update. We’re excited to bring you the latest news and notes about Illinois’ burgeoning urban wood marketplace.

We hope you read and enjoy this month’s stories, including about how a Chicago area architect and custom woodworker crafted a display stand for a historic bell from a red oak tree salvaged from a savage storm in West Chicago.

We need and want to report on more of these types of success stories. So send us yours to info@illinoisurbanwood.org.

Come Get Involved! September 1 Team Meeting
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team will meet 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, September 1 at the Horner Park Fieldhouse, 2741 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago.

Agenda items include:

Updates on the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference being planned for March 2016 (Date and location to be announced soon!)

Upcoming Chicago Furniture Designers Association Show

Urban wood projects by students of the Architecture & Furniture course at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussion about FSC certification for urban wood harvested from forest preserve districts

Update on the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s wood fuel project

Highlights of the Chicago Park District’s urban wood programs and a tour of Horner Park’s wood shop

All interested urban wood stakeholders are welcome. Please RSVP by contacting Mathew Baxley at baxley2@illinois.edu.

Those that cannot physically attend the meeting are invited to participate via a conference call at 888-585-9008. Use passcode 541 462 192.

If we don’t see you, we at least hope to hear you at the September 1 meeting!