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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.

Harrisonburg’s first EAB siting was in 2015. Since 2018, the city has removed more than 550 ash trees. More than 750 additional ash trees are scheduled for removal by the end of 2021. 

In 2018, Harrisonburg chemically treated 36 ash trees through the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Cost-Share Program in an attempt to preserve them. Thirty-two of those trees received a second treatment in 2020. The four untreated in the second round were damaged by storms. Plans call for reevaluating the remaining 32 trees for treatment again in 2022.

Unfortunately the city cannot afford to treat all of its ash trees. In the search for finding a higher use for the many that can’t be saved, the Harrisonburg’s public works department has partnered with the Virginia Urban Wood Group to use the wood when possible and, thus, keep it out of landfills.

Some of the wood is auctioned off through the city’s public surplus website. 

In one of the more creative displays of using reclaimed ash wood, two city staff members working with local company Willow Run Custom Lumber,  took an ash tree that was recently removed from Westover Park and transformed the lumber into a shadow box to present an American flag created out of a fire hose. It was a fitting send-off gift to retiring master firefighter BJ Clark.

 “As much as I was saddened to retire, I truly appreciate that a part of the city will remain with me,” Clark said. 

Added Jeremy Harold, Harrisonburg’s green space manager, “Anytime we can take a tree that was lost for unfortunate reasons, and give it a new purpose as opposed to it going to waste – that’s what the Harrisonburg Urban Wood Utilization Program is all about.” 

Learn more: Out of the Ashes | City of Harrisonburg, VA.

About that Super Gr8 film fest, here’s a video that will tickle the nostalgic funny bone of anyone who ever filmed or was filmed with a Super 8 camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Urban Tree Merchants Is Keeping Score

Urban Tree Merchants (UTM) of Arlington, TX, maintains a scoreboard of sorts on its website.

The statistics above – captured on Dec. 28 – reflect the current running tally of urban trees that the custom woodworking company has repurposed into slabs and lumber since it was established on Dec. 1, 2016 by Caleb and Kelly Geer.

Pecan accent wall

The Geers bill their business as a “tree to table” enterprise. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of custom wood furniture and decorative items including tables, shelves, mantels, benches, cutting boards, cake stands and lazy Susans.

UTM works with local tree care companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth corridor to repurpose removed trees. The company mills and dries its own lumber.

Caleb Geer’s was inspired to found UTM while working for Tree Shepherds, his father’s tree care company. Kelly Geer’s diverse background includes catering, coordinating programs for the City of Arlington, social media marketing and serving as operations manager for Tree Shepherds.

UTM is a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Urban Wood Network.

Learn more at UrbanTreeMerchants.com.

River and waterfall countertop

 

 



American Hardwoods Focus of New Free Guide

A Guide to Sustainable American Hardwoods was recently issued by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). 

The publication combines AHEC’s guide to species and guide to lumber grades in to a single illustrated and comprehensive 102-page publication.

The front half of the guide provides a full break down of the properties, applications, and environmental credentials of commercially available U.S. hardwood species. The back half includes a simplified explanation of the NHLA grading system, which is the national standard for the U.S. hardwood lumber industry and forms the basis for export grading.

AHEC is an international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing U.S. hardwood exporters and major U.S. hardwood product trade associations. AHEC runs a worldwide program to promote the full range of American hardwoods in more than 50 export markets.

Download the Guide

 



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 1: Getting Started

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 1 of this 5-part animated series “Getting Started” is a broad overview to help viewers begin to undertake urban tree monitoring projects.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 3: Trunk Diameter

Part 4: Location Methods
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 2: Mortality Status

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 2 of this his 5-part animated series focuses on how to correctly categorize the mortality or survival status of each tree in a long-term monitoring study.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 3: Trunk Diameter
Part 4: Location Methods
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 3: Trunk Diameter

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 3 of this 5-part animated series “Trunk Diameter” focuses on how to accurately measure the diameter at breast height (DBH) of a tree.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 4: Location Methods
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE

 



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 4: Location Methods

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 4 of this 5-part animated series “Location Methods,” focuses on how to accurately locate trees as part of an urban tree monitoring project.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 3: Trunk Diameter
Part 5: Managing Field Work

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE

 



Urban Tree Monitoring Video Series Part 5: Managing Field Work

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to understanding how urban forests change over time. Part 5 of this 5-part animated series “Managing Field Work,” discusses strategies for training and supervising filed crews carrying out monitoring projects, including both interns and citizen scientists.

Watch other segments of the Urban Tree Monitoring series.

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Mortality Status
Part 3: Trunk Diameter
Part 4: Location Methods

The series was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, which also offers two related publications:

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide
This report provides detailed protocols for urban tree monitoring data collection. Specifically, we discuss the core variables necessary for field-based monitoring projects, including field crew identification, field crew experience level, tree record identifier, location, site type, land use, species, mortality status, crown vigor, and trunk diameter. The intent of this Field Guide is to serve urban forest managers and researchers who collect longitudinal field data on urban trees, as well as interns and citizen scientists. DOWNLOAD THE FIELD GUIDE

Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide
This is a companion document to the Field Guide. DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE GUIDE

 

 



Watch Urban Wood Movement: Expanding from Coast to Coast Webinar on Demand

With 214 registrants, The Urban Wood Movement: Expanding from Coast to Coast” proved to be the most requested webinar presented during IWF Connect, Oct. 26-30, 2020.

The webinar was presented and sponsored by the Urban Wood Network (UWN), which produces a monthly webinar series. The Georgia Forestry Commission also sponsored the session through funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

Rich Christianson, editor and publisher of Illinois Urban Wood. organized and hosted the special program. 

Featured presenters included:

— Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products based in Sheridan, CA. Far West is a family-owned logging and sawmilling business that actively promotes the use of local native species and underutilized logs including reclaimed urban wood.

— Carmen Rodriguez, co-owner and chief marketing officer of Eutree based in Villa Rica, GA. Eutree is a boutique lumber mill that partners with local tree services to repurpose trees removed the Atlanta area for lumber, flooring, slabs and more.

— Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products based in Milwaukee, WI. Wudeward exclusively sources Wisconsin Urban Wood in working with architects, interior designers, builders, homeowners, developers, manufacturers and furniture makers nationwide. 



Video: Artist Makes Urban Tree Invisible

It’s most definitely worth investing 39 seconds to watch how an anonymous artist alters this street tree’s reality.